Some published computational work has suggested that partially coherent beams may be less susceptible to distortions caused by propagation through random media than fully coherent beams. In this paper this suggestion is studied quantitatively by examining the mean squared width of partially coherent beams in such media as a function of the propagation distance. The analysis indicates under what conditions, and to what extent, partially coherent beams are less affected by the medium.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 3, 2002
Revised Manuscript: March 21, 2002
Manuscript Accepted: March 21, 2002
Published: August 1, 2002
Greg Gbur and Emil Wolf, "Spreading of partially coherent beams in random media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 19, 1592-1598 (2002)