Abstract

We have reanalyzed a selection of data obtained from laser scintillation experiments in the light of recent criticisms of analysis techniques based on the moments of the data. In agreement with those criticisms, we find that comparing the higher moments of the data with those of model distributions can produce misleading results. We therefore use a least-squares fitting method to compare directly the experimental probability distributions with the models. The conclusion of the earlier experiments, that the K distribution is generally better than the log-normal distribution in the strong-scintillation regime, however, is not changed by the new analysis.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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