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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 14 — May. 10, 2006
  • pp: 3331–3339

Multifractality of laser beam spatial intensity in a turbulent medium

Régis Barille and Paolo LaPenna  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 14, pp. 3331-3339 (2006)

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We present the results of a laser beam passing through a turbulent medium. First we measure the geometric parameters and the spatial coherence of the beam as a function of wind velocities. A multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis algorithm is applied to determine the multifractal scaling behavior of the intensity patterns. The measurements are fitted with models used in the analysis of river runoff records. We show the surprising result that the multifractality decreases when the spatial coherence of the laser is decreased. Universal scaling properties could be applied to the spatial characterization of a laser propagating in a turbulent medium or random medium.

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OCIS Codes
(010.3920) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Meteorology
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(030.7060) Coherence and statistical optics : Turbulence
(290.1310) Scattering : Atmospheric scattering

Original Manuscript: March 7, 2005
Revised Manuscript: December 9, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: February 11, 2006

Régis Barille and Paolo LaPenna, "Multifractality of laser beam spatial intensity in a turbulent medium," Appl. Opt. 45, 3331-3339 (2006)

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