Vortex beams in turbulent media: Review

Victor Alexandrovich Soifer, Olga Korotkova, Svetlana Nikolaevna Khonina, Elena Anatolevna Shchepakina

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The review covers publications concerned with propagation of laser beams through turbulent media described by the Kolmogorov theory and generalizations thereof to describe signal transmission in optical communications and detection systems. In this case, the turbulent medium is interpreted as an optical channel with random parameters. Various optical signals considered include partially coherent beams, non-uniformly polarized vector beams, as well as specifically configured spatial laser beams. Special attention is given to vortex laser beams. The latter are shown to have a number of remarkable properties that give them an advantage over conventional Gaussian beams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-624
Number of pages20
JournalComputer Optics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • Diffractive optical elements
  • Free-space optics communication systems
  • Optical signals
  • Turbulent media
  • Vortex laser beams

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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