Propagation dynamics of partially coherent crescent-like optical beams in free space and turbulent atmosphere

F. Wang, J. Li, G. Martinez-Piedra, O. Korotkova

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Abstract

We introduce theoretically and realize experimentally a class of random, wide-sense stationary optical beams with uniform correlations which, on propagation in free space, produce a crescent-like intensity distribution with the maximum at an off-axis position. The crescent’s position of maximum intensity accelerates transversally at intermediate distances, and then exhibits a constant lateral shift further from the axis in the far zone of the source. We also show that on propagation in the isotropic turbulent atmosphere, the crescent beam shifts away from the axis as well, but slower than in free space, with rate depending on the strength of turbulence. These results are of importance for optical systems operating through long-range turbulent channels in which a beam must have a range-dependent tilt, e.g. on travelling around an obstacle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26055-26066
Number of pages12
JournalOptics Express
Volume25
Issue number21
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 16 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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