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  • Vol. 8, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 1969
  • pp: 367–369

Depolarization of a Laser Beam at 6328 Å due to Atmospheric Transmission

D. H. Höhn  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 8, Issue 2, pp. 367-369 (1969)

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The depolarization of a linearly polarized laser beam was investigated primarily with an optical path of 4.5 km. A He–Ne gas laser at 6328 Å was used with an additional polarizer at the output and with a rotating polarization filter assembly in front of the receiver. Values of depolarization found ranged between 10−7 rad and about 5 × 10−5 rad. The lower limit was determined by the quality of the polarizer-analyzer combination used. These experimental values of depolarization are very much higher than that predicted by theories regarding turbulence-induced depolarization.

© 1969 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 6, 1968
Published: February 1, 1969

D. H. Höhn, "Depolarization of a Laser Beam at 6328 Å due to Atmospheric Transmission," Appl. Opt. 8, 367-369 (1969)

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