Scintillation of nonuniformly polarized beams in atmospheric turbulence

Yalong Gu, Olga Korotkova, Greg Gbur

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We demonstrate, through numerical simulations, that an appropriately chosen nonuniformly polarized coherent optical field can have appreciably smaller scintillation than comparable beams of uniform polarization. This results from the fact that a nonuniformly polarized field acts as an effective two-mode partially coherent field. The results described here are of direct relevance to the development of free-space optical communication systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2261-2263
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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