When propagating through particulate media, optical beams are degraded owing to scattering. We found that the ratio between the width of the distorted beam and the width of the initial beam decreases when the spatial coherence of the incident beam is reduced. These experimental observations are well described within the paraxial approximation of the transport theory.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 27, 2002
Revised Manuscript: May 27, 2003
Manuscript Accepted: July 2, 2003
Published: November 1, 2003
Erwan Baleine and Aristide Dogariu, "Propagation of partially coherent beams through particulate media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 20, 2041-2045 (2003)