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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 6 — Mar. 16, 2009
  • pp: 4257–4262

Polarization modulation of stochastic electromagnetic beams on propagation through the turbulent atmosphere

Xinyue Du and Daomu Zhao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 6, pp. 4257-4262 (2009)

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Analytic expression is derived for the cross-spectral density matrix of a stochastic electromagnetic beam truncated by a slit aperture and passing through the turbulent atmosphere. The new formula can be used in study of the modulation in the spectral degree of polarization of the electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-model beam on propagation. We find that the spectral degree of polarization in the output plane can be directly controlled by the width of the slit aperture. The effect of polarization shaping is also illustrated by numerical examples.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(050.1220) Diffraction and gratings : Apertures
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: December 23, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 12, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 20, 2009
Published: March 3, 2009

Daomu Zhao and Xinyue Du, "Polarization modulation of stochastic electromagnetic beams on propagation through the turbulent atmosphere," Opt. Express 17, 4257-4262 (2009)

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