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Spatial-frequency- and wavelength-dependent effects of aerosols on the atmospheric modulation transfer function

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Experiments carried out over diagonal lines of sight through the entire atmosphere support the concept of spatial-coherence degradation through forward scattering as described by an aerosol modulation transfer function that strongly affects the wavelength dependence of imaging through the atmosphere. Airborne-particulate size and concentration are affected strongly by wind strength and soil moisture. Changes in weather that result in changes in average particulate size of airborne soil-derived particulates also strongly change the wavelength dependence of resolution through the atmosphere as a result of changes in the wavelength dependence of the scattering coefficient.

© 1982 Optical Society of America

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