By Drake G.W. (ed.)

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Since preemptive surrender is not an option, we must find a way to simplify the task. 1) is that the random function δε(r, t) multiplies the function E(r) we are trying to discover. In an ideal world, we would like to separate these two functions and have δε(r, t) appear as an additional source term. It is quite astonishing that Rytov’s transformation achieves precisely that goal. 2) When this trial solution is substituted into the random-wave equation, one finds that the surrogate function (r) must satisfy a nonlinear partial differential equation in which the dielectric variation appears only as an additional source term.

We shall therefore spend considerable effort on studying the amplitude fluctuations imposed on 40 3 Amplitude Variance spherical waves. Plane waves are relatively easy to analyze but must be simulated by collimated beams, at considerably greater expense. The development of coherent optical sources has created a wide range of applications based on beam waves. Collimated and focused beams are important examples of this general family. The description of beam-wave signals presents a considerable analytical challenge.

7). For weak scattering of waves in random media, the Rytov approximation provides a significant improvement both on geometrical optics and on the Born approximation. There are two steps in this approach. The first and most important step is to completely change the structure of the problem. Rytov discovered a transformation of the electric-field strength that changes the random-wave equation to one that can be solved in many interesting situations [1]. The second step is to expand the transformed field strength into a series of terms proportional to successively higher powers of the dielectric variations [2].