ASA 128th Meeting - Austin, Texas - 1994 Nov 28 .. Dec 02

2aUW13. Normal-mode description of reverberation with a finite area bottom patch average.

J. LeMond

Appl. Res. Labs., Univ. of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78713

A normal-mode reverberation model is presented that includes the effects of modal interference among spatially correlated fields scattered within a patch of (nearby) bottom locations. At each frequency the integrated scattered field from a bottom patch as a function of patch size is calculated from an explicit normal-mode expression. The time integrated reverberation level at each frequency is computed by squaring this contribution from each patch and summing over bottom patches. As a function of source/receiver separation, the time integrated reverberation levels computed with the finite patch description oscillate about a mean that is consistently lower than the levels obtained in the zero patch area limit. Results from a study of the dependence of the level differences and oscillation magnitudes on environment, frequency and patch area are presented. [Work supported by the Advanced Surveillance and Prediction System (ASAPS) Program of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR, PMW 183-32).]