We investigate, through simulation, the modifications to Bessel and Airy beams during propagation through atmospheric turbulence. We find that atmospheric turbulence disrupts the quasi-non-diffracting nature of Bessel and Airy beams when the transverse coherence length (Fried parameter) nears the initial aperture diameter or diagonal, respectively. The turbulence-induced transverse phase distortion limits the effectiveness of Bessel and Airy beams for applications requiring propagation over long distances in the turbulent atmosphere.
© 2014 Optical Society of America
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics
Original Manuscript: December 13, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 18, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 19, 2014
Published: February 14, 2014
W. Nelson, J. P. Palastro, C. C. Davis, and P. Sprangle, "Propagation of Bessel and Airy beams through atmospheric turbulence," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 31, 603-609 (2014)