A criterion is introduced for testing whether a beam (monochromatic or partially coherent) retains its beam-like form after it propagates any particular distance through the turbulent atmosphere. Several examples are given.
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(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
O. Korotkova and E. Wolf, "Beam Criterion for Atmospheric Propagation," in Frontiers in Optics 2007/Laser Science XXIII/Organic Materials and Devices for Displays and Energy Conversion, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper FTuC6.
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