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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • 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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.8.000367


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Abstract

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.

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

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D. H. Höhn, "Depolarization of a Laser Beam at 6328 Å due to Atmospheric Transmission," Appl. Opt. 8, 367-369 (1969)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-8-2-367


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