Effect of oceanic turbulence on polarization of stochastic beams

Olga Korotkova, Nathan Farwell

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On the basis of the extended Huygens-Fresnel principle and the unified theory of coherence and polarization of light we determine the changes in various polarization properties of stochastic beams propagating through the turbulent clear-water ocean. The ocean-induced fluctuations in the refractive index are described via the recently developed power spectrum which takes into account both temperature and salinity variations. Numerical examples of changes in the spectral density, the degree of polarization and in the polarization ellipse are given for electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-model beams. We demonstrate, in particular, how polarization of the propagating beam is affected by statistical properties of the source and by several parameters of oceanic turbulence. We find that propagation of light beams in the oceanic turbulence resembles that in the atmospheric turbulence qualitatively, however evolution and asymptotic saturation of polarization in the oceanic turbulence occurs at much shorter distances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1740-1746
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Communications
Volume284
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2011

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Effect of oceanic turbulence on polarization of stochastic beams. / Korotkova, Olga; Farwell, Nathan.

In: Optics Communications, Vol. 284, No. 7, 01.04.2011, p. 1740-1746.

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Korotkova, Olga ; Farwell, Nathan. / Effect of oceanic turbulence on polarization of stochastic beams. In: Optics Communications. 2011 ; Vol. 284, No. 7. pp. 1740-1746.
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