Beam criteria for propagation of electromagnetic beams in the turbulent atmosphere

Olga Korotkova, Emil Wolf

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A recently introduced criterion [O. Korotkova, E. Wolf, Opt. Lett. 32 (2007) 2137] for testing whether a scalar beam preserves its beam-like shape after it propagates some distance through the turbulent atmosphere is generalized to the case of electromagnetic beam propagation. The generalized criterion applies to monochromatic as well as to stochastic electromagnetic beams. The analysis is illustrated by examples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)948-952
Number of pages5
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008
Externally publishedYes



  • 010.1300 Atmospheric propagation
  • 030.1640 Coherence
  • 260.0260 Physical optics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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