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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 10 — Apr. 1, 2012
  • pp: C84–C87

Beam spreading of vortex beams propagating in turbulent atmosphere

Vladimir P. Lukin, Peter A. Konyaev, and Victor A. Sennikov  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 10, pp. C84-C87 (2012)

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We present some results obtained by numerical modeling of the propagation of vortex beams LG0l through a randomly inhomogeneous medium. The vortex beams are the lower order Laguerre–Gaussian modes. Such beams, if propagated under conditions of weak turbulence, also experience distortions, like a Gaussian beam. However, the statistically averaged vortex beams (LG0l) conserve the central intensity dip with a nonzero intensity on the beam axis. The beam broadening of vortex beams is analyzed. The average vortex beams are found to be broadened less than the Gaussian beam while propagated through a randomly inhomogeneous medium. The higher the topological charge l is, the smaller the beam broadening is.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(030.7060) Coherence and statistical optics : Turbulence

Original Manuscript: December 13, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 5, 2012
Published: March 27, 2012

Vladimir P. Lukin, Peter A. Konyaev, and Victor A. Sennikov, "Beam spreading of vortex beams propagating in turbulent atmosphere," Appl. Opt. 51, C84-C87 (2012)

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