Changes in the polarization ellipse of random electromagnetic beams propagating through the turbulent atmosphere

O. Korotkova, M. Salem, A. Dogariu, E. Wolf

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Abstract

During the last few years, changes in the state of polarization of a class of random electromagnetic beams (so-called electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-model beams), propagating in free space have been investigated. In the present paper, we extend the analysis to propagation of such beams in homogeneous, isotropic, non-absorbing atmospheric turbulence. We find that the effects of turbulence on the state of polarization are most significant when the atmospheric fluctuations are weak or moderate, whereas in a strong regime of atmospheric fluctuations the state of polarization of the beam returns to its original state. Our results might find possible useful applications for sensing, imaging and communication through the atmosphere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-364
Number of pages12
JournalWaves in Random and Complex Media
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Atmospheric turbulence
  • Random electromagnetic beams
  • State of polarization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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