Propagation of Gaussian Schell-model beams through a jet engine exhaust

Chaoliang Ding, Olga Korotkova, Daliang Li, Daomu Zhao, Liuzhan Pan

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Theoretical predictions of light beam interactions with jet engine exhaust are of importance for optimization of various optical systems, including LIDARs, imagers and communication links operating in the vicinity of aircrafts and marine vessels. Here we extend the analysis previously carried out for coherent laser beams propagating in jet engine exhaust, to the broad class of Gaussian Schell-Model (GSM) beams, being capable of treating any degree of coherence in addition to size and radius of curvature. The analytical formulas for the spectral density (SD) and the spectral degree of coherence (DOC) of the GSM beam are obtained and analyzed on passage through a typical jet engine exhaust region. It is shown that for sources with high coherence, the transverse profiles of the SD and the DOC of the GSM beams gradually transition from initially circular to elliptical shape upon propagation at very short ranges. However, such transition is suppressed for sources with lower coherence and disappears in the incoherent source limit, implying that the GSM source with low source coherence is an excellent tool for mitigation of the jet engine exhaust-induced anisotropy of turbulence. The physical interpretation and the illustration are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1037-1050
Number of pages14
JournalOptics Express
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 20 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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