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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 11 — May. 26, 2008
  • pp: 7665–7673

Average irradiance and polarization properties of a radially or azimuthally polarized beam in a turbulent atmosphere

Yangjian Cai, Qiang Lin, Halil T. Eyyuboğlu, and Yahya Baykal  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 11, pp. 7665-7673 (2008)

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Analytical formulas are derived for the average irradiance and the degree of polarization of a radially or azimuthally polarized doughnut beam (PDB) propagating in a turbulent atmosphere by adopting a beam coherence-polarization matrix. It is found that the radial or azimuthal polarization structure of a radially or azimuthally PDB will be destroyed (i.e., a radially or azimuthally PDB is depolarized and becomes a partially polarized beam) and the doughnut beam spot becomes a circularly Gaussian beam spot during propagation in a turbulent atmosphere. The propagation properties are closely related to the parameters of the beam and the structure constant of the atmospheric turbulence.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and oceanic optics

Original Manuscript: March 10, 2008
Revised Manuscript: April 28, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 7, 2008
Published: May 12, 2008

Yangjian Cai, Qiang Lin, Halil T. Eyyuboglu, and Yahya Baykal, "Average irradiance and polarization properties of a radially or azimuthally polarized beam in a turbulent atmosphere," Opt. Express 16, 7665-7673 (2008)

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