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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2014
  • pp: 603–609

Propagation of Bessel and Airy beams through atmospheric turbulence

W. Nelson, J. P. Palastro, C. C. Davis, and P. Sprangle  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 31, Issue 3, pp. 603-609 (2014)

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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.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence

ToC Category:
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)

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