Angular spectrum representation for the propagation of arbitrary coherent and partially coherent beams through atmospheric turbulence

Greg Gbur, Olga Korotkova

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Abstract

An angular spectrum representation is applied for a description of statistical properties of arbitrary beamlike fields propagating through atmospheric turbulence. The Rytov theory is used for the characterization of the perturbation of the field by the atmosphere. In particular, we derive expressions for the cross-spectral density of a coherent and a partially coherent beam of arbitrary type in the case when the power spectrum of atmospheric fluctuations is described by the von Karmen model. We illustrate the method by applying it to the propagation of several model beams through the atmosphere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)745-752
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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