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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 31 — Nov. 1, 2012
  • pp: 7581–7585

Beam wander of electromagnetic Gaussian–Schell model beams propagating in atmospheric turbulence

Song Yu, Zhixiao Chen, Tianyi Wang, Guohua Wu, Hong Guo, and Wanyi Gu  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 31, pp. 7581-7585 (2012)

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The general model of beam wander for a coherent Gaussian beam propagating through atmospheric turbulence is extended to the case of a partially polarized electromagnetic Gaussian–Schell model (EGSM) beam. The expression of the beam wander is obtained by characterizing the EGSM beam with the effective beam parameters. The effects of initial spatially coherent lengths, degree of polarization, and phase curvature are examined in detail. A condition is derived under which beams with different spatial coherence and degrees of polarization will generate the same beam wander.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(010.3310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Laser beam transmission

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: May 29, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 16, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 26, 2012
Published: October 25, 2012

Song Yu, Zhixiao Chen, Tianyi Wang, Guohua Wu, Hong Guo, and Wanyi Gu, "Beam wander of electromagnetic Gaussian–Schell model beams propagating in atmospheric turbulence," Appl. Opt. 51, 7581-7585 (2012)

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