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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2006
  • pp: 3114–3122

Scintillation index for two Gaussian laser beams with different wavelengths in weak atmospheric turbulence

Avner Peleg and Jerome V. Moloney  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 23, Issue 12, pp. 3114-3122 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.23.003114


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Abstract

We study the propagation of the two lowest-order Gaussian laser beams with different wavelengths in weak atmospheric turbulence. Using the Rytov approximation and assuming a slow detector, we calculate the longitudinal and radial components of the scintillation index for a typical free-space laser communication setup. We find the optimal configuration of the two laser beams with respect to the longitudinal scintillation index. We show that the value of the longitudinal scintillation for the optimal two-beam configuration is smaller by more than 50% compared with the value for a single lowest-order Gaussian beam with the same total power. Furthermore, the radial scintillation for the optimal two-beam system is smaller by 35%–40% compared with the radial scintillation in the single-beam case. Further insight into the reduction of intensity fluctuations is gained by analyzing the self- and cross-intensity contributions to the scintillation index.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(010.3310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Laser beam transmission
(030.7060) Coherence and statistical optics : Turbulence
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 14, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: June 23, 2006

Citation
Avner Peleg and Jerome V. Moloney, "Scintillation index for two Gaussian laser beams with different wavelengths in weak atmospheric turbulence," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 23, 3114-3122 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-23-12-3114

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