## Propagation of a cosh-Gaussian beam through an optical system in turbulent atmosphere

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 26, pp. 17613-17618 (2007)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.15.017613

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### Abstract

The propagation of a cosh-Gaussian beam through an arbitrary *ABCD* optical system in turbulent atmosphere has been investigated. The analytical expressions for the average intensity at any receiver plane are obtained. As an elementary example, the average intensity and its radius at the image plane of a cosh-Gaussian beam through a thin lens are studied. To show the effects of a lens on the average intensity and the intensity radius of the laser beam in turbulent atmosphere, the properties of a collimated cosh-Gaussian beam and a focused cosh-Gaussian beam for direct propagation in turbulent atmosphere are studied and numerically calculated. The average intensity profiles of a cosh-Gaussian beam through a lens can have a shape similar to that of the initial beam for a longer propagation distance than that of a collimated cosh-Gaussian beam for direct propagation. With the increment in the propagation distance, the average intensity radius at the image plane of a cosh-Gaussian beam through a thin lens will be smaller than that at the focal plane of a focused cosh-Gaussian beam for direct propagation. Meanwhile, the intensity distributions at the image plane of a cosh-Gaussian beam through a lens with different *w*_{0} and Ω_{0} are also studied.

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## 1. Introduction

1. T. Shirai, A. Dogariu, and E. Wolf, “Mode analysis of spreading of partially coherent beams propagating through atmospheric turbulence,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A **20**, 1094–1102 (2003). [CrossRef]

*ABCD*optical system with or without hard-edge aperture have been studied [18

18. D. Zhao, H. Mao, W. Zhang, and S. Wang, “Propagation of off-axial Hermite-cosine-Gaussian beams through an apertured and misaligned ABCD optical system,” Opt. Commun. **224**, 5–12 (2003). [CrossRef]

21. H. T. Eyyuboğlu and Y. Baykal, “Generalized beams in ABCDGH systems,” Opt. Commun. **272**, 22–31 (2007). [CrossRef]

*ABCD*optical system in turbulent atmosphere have not been taken into account. In the applications of a laser beam in turbulent atmosphere, a series of optics is often used to direct or redirect a laser beam to a distant target plane. Therefore, the analysis of propagation of a laser beam through an

*ABCD*optical system in turbulent atmosphere is important. A cosh-Gaussian beam can be regarded as the superposition of four decentered Gaussian beams with the same waist width and can be generated by using an ordinary Gaussian beam as an incident beam in an appropriate transmission or reflection aperture [22

22. Y. Zhang, Y. Song, Z. Chen, J. Ji, and Z. Shi “Virtual sources for a cosh-Gaussian beam” Opt. Lett. **32**, 292–294 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

2. H. T. Eyyuboğlu and Y. Baykal, “Reciprocity of cos-Gaussian and cosh-Gaussian laser beams in turbulent atmosphere,” Opt. Express **12**, 4659–4674 (2004). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

3. H. T. Eyyuboğlu and Y. Baykal, “Average intensity and spreading of cosh-Gaussian beams in the turbulent atmosphere,” Appl. Opt. **44**, 976–983 (2005). [CrossRef] [PubMed]

16. X. Chu, Y. Ni, and G. Zhou, “Propagation of cosh-Gaussian beams diffracted by a circular aperture in turbulent atmosphere,” Apl. Phys. B. **87**, 547–552 (2007). [CrossRef]

## 2. The average intensity of a cosh-Gaussian beam through an optical system in turbulent atmosphere

*z*-axis, the source plane and the receiver plane are located at (

*x*

_{0},

*y*

_{0},

*z*=0) and (

*x*,

*y*,

*z*=

*L*), respectively. The optical field of a cosh-Gaussian beam at the source plane is of the form [19

19. K. Duan and B. Lu, “Propagation of Hermite-Laguerre-Gaussian beams through a paraxial optical ABCD system with rectangular hard-edged aperture,” Opt. Commun. **250**, 1–9 (2005). [CrossRef]

*x*

_{0},

*y*

_{0}) denotes the transverse coordinates of the source plane, (

*x*,

*y*) denotes the transverse coordinates of the receiver plane,

*L*denotes the optical distance along the

*z*-axis,

*w*

_{0}is the initial waist width of the beam associated with the Gaussian part,

*k*=2

*π*/

*λ*is the wave number and

*λ*is wavelength, Ω

_{0}is the parameter associated with the cosh part, and

*F*is the phase front radius of curvature (

*F*>0 for a convergent beam and

*F*<0 for a divergent beam). Based on Huygens-Fresnel diffraction integral, the fields at receiver plane of a beam through an

*ABCD*optical system in turbulent atmosphere can be expressed as [23

23. H. T. Yura and S. G. Hanson, “Optical beam wave propagation through complex optical system,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A **4**, 1931–1948 (1987). [CrossRef]

*A*,

*B*and

*D*are the geometrical ray-matrix elements for the complete optical system between source and receiver planes,

*Ψ*(

*x*

_{0},

*y*

_{0},

*x*,

*y*) is the solution to the Rytov method that represents the random part of the complex phase. The average intensity at the receiver plane is

24. S. C. H. Wang and M. A. Plonus, “Optical beam propagation for a partially coherent source in the turbulent atmosphere,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. **69**, 1297–1304 (1979). [CrossRef]

*D*(

_{w}*r*

_{01}–

*r*

_{02}) is the wave structure function. If a quadratic approximation for the wave structure function is employed,

*D*(

_{w}*r*

_{01}–

*r*

_{02}) can be expressed as

*ρ*

_{0}is the spherical-wave lateral coherence length. If a laser beam passes through an optical system

*ρ*

_{0}can be expressed as [23

23. H. T. Yura and S. G. Hanson, “Optical beam wave propagation through complex optical system,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A **4**, 1931–1948 (1987). [CrossRef]

*C*

^{2}

*is the structure constant,*

_{n}*b*(

*z*)is the corresponding matrix element for a ray whose origin is at the receiver plane and whose endpoint is at a distance

*z*from receiver plane. Substituting Eqs. (1), (4) and (5) into Eq. (3), the average intensity can be obtained as

*e*

^{2}average intensity radius of a fundamental Gaussian beam after passing through an

*ABCD*optical system in turbulent atmosphere and can be written as [23

23. H. T. Yura and S. G. Hanson, “Optical beam wave propagation through complex optical system,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A **4**, 1931–1948 (1987). [CrossRef]

*A*and

*B*.

## 3. Special cases and numerical calculation

*f*located at the propagation path is considered, as shown in Fig. 1. The source plane and the receiver plane are conjugate image plane, namely, 1/

*f*=1/

*z*

_{1}+1/

*z*

_{2}. If we set

*z*

_{1}>

*f*, it is easy to find that

*A*=

*m*=-

*z*

_{2}/

*z*

_{1}and

*B*=0, where

*m*denotes the magnification.

*x*-

*y*symmetric, the properties of one-dimensional intensity distributions can reveal the properties of a two-dimensional intensity distribution. From Eq. (7) the one-dimensional average intensity of a collimated cosh-Gaussian beam (

*F*→∞) for direct propagation (

*B*=

*L*,

*A*=1) in turbulent atmosphere can be derived as

*L*=

*F*) of a focused cosh-Gaussian beam for direct propagation in turbulent atmosphere can be represented as

*I*(

_{N}*x*,

*L*) at receiver plane is defined as

*I*(

*x*

_{0},0)〉] denotes the maximum value of the one-dimensional average intensity at the source plane.

*L*=2

*z*

_{1}=2

*z*

_{2}=4

*f*,

*C*

^{2}

*=10*

_{n}^{-14}

*m*

^{-2/3}, and

*λ*=1.06×10

^{-6}

*m*. From Fig. 2(a) we can see that the normalized average intensity profiles at the image plane of a cosh-Gaussian beam through a lens in turbulent atmosphere are the hollow shapes when

*L*=10

*km*, 16

*km*and 20

*km*. With increase in propagation distance the peak values of the normalized average intensity decrease, meanwhile, the central dips become smaller and the beam spot spreads. From Eqs. (9) and (10) we can see that the changes of the average intensity profiles is only due to the effects of turbulence. Figure 2(b) shows that the intensity profile of a collimated cosh-Gaussian is hollow shape at

*L*=10

*km*. But, with increase in propagation distance, the central dip of the hollow shape gradually disappears [see the dashed line in Fig. 2(b)]. With further increase in the propagation distance (

*L*=16

*km*) the central dip disappears completely and the hollow shape evolve into a bell shape [see the dotted line in Fig. 2(b)]. From Eqs. (13) and (14) we can see that the evolution of the average intensity profiles of a collimated cosh-Gaussian is due to the effects of diffraction and turbulence. The average intensity profiles of a focused cosh-Gaussian beam at the focal plane are bell shapes [see Fig. 2(c)]. The peak values decrease with the increase in the propagation distance. Eqs. (15) and (16) denote that the decreases of the peak value at the focal plane with the increase in the propagation distance are due to the diffraction, geometrical magnification and the turbulence. From Figs. 2(a), 2(b) and 2(c) we can see that the hollow shapes of a cosh- Gaussian beam after passing through an image system can be sustained for longer propagation distance. From Eqs. (9) and (10) we can also see that the intensity distributions has a close relation with

*w*

_{0}and Ω

_{0}. Since the intensity distribution at source plane is different with different Ω

_{0}, the different intensity distribution at source plane results in the different intensity distributions at the image plane [see the solid line and dotted line in Fig. 2(d)]. Because large initial waist width can reduce the effects of turbulence on intensity distribution, the hollow shapes can be sustained for longer propagation distance with large initial waist width [see the dashed line and dotted line in Fig. 2(d)].

## 4. Conclusion

*ABCD*optical system in turbulent atmosphere is studied. To show the effects of an

*ABCD*system on the propagation of a laser beam in turbulent atmosphere, an elementary

*ABCD*system of a single lens is studied. From the studies and the comparisons with the properties of a collimated cosh-Gaussian and a focused cosh-Gaussian beam for direct propagation in turbulent atmosphere, we can see that a cosh-Gaussian beam through a lens can have a shape similar to that of the initial beam for a longer propagation distance in turbulent atmosphere than that of a collimated cosh-Gaussian beam for direct propagation in turbulent atmosphere. With the increment in the propagation distance, the average intensity radius of a cosh-Gaussian beam at the image plane after passing through a thin lens will be smaller than that of a focused cosh-Gaussian beam at the focal plane for direct propagation in turbulent atmosphere. Meanwhile, the intensity distributions at the image plane with different

*w*

_{0}and Ω

_{0}are also studied. The investigations show that the average intensity distribution and radius of a cosh-Gaussian beam can be improved by using optical elements on its propagation path in turbulent atmosphere.

## Acknowledgments

## References and links

1. | T. Shirai, A. Dogariu, and E. Wolf, “Mode analysis of spreading of partially coherent beams propagating through atmospheric turbulence,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A |

2. | H. T. Eyyuboğlu and Y. Baykal, “Reciprocity of cos-Gaussian and cosh-Gaussian laser beams in turbulent atmosphere,” Opt. Express |

3. | H. T. Eyyuboğlu and Y. Baykal, “Average intensity and spreading of cosh-Gaussian beams in the turbulent atmosphere,” Appl. Opt. |

4. | H. T. Eyyuboğlu, “Hermite-cosine-Gaussian laser beam and its propagation characteristics in turbulent atmosphere,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A |

5. | H. T. Eyyuboğlu, “Propagation of Hermite-cosh-Gaussian laser beams in turbulent atmosphere,” Opt. Commun. |

6. | Y. Baykal, “Log-amplitude and phase fluctuations of higher-order annular laser beams in a turbulent medium,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A |

7. | H. T. Eyyuboğlu, C. Arpali, and Y. Baykal, “Flat topped beams and their characteristics in turbulent media,” Opt. Express. |

8. | Y. Baykal and H. T. Eyyuboğlu, “Scintillation index of flat-topped Gaussian beams,” Appl. Opt. |

9. | H. T. Eyyuboğlu, Y. Baykal, and E. Sermutlu, “Convergence of general beams into Gaussian intensity profiles after propagation in turbulent atmosphere,” Opt. Commun. |

10. | Y. Cai and S. He, “Propagation of various dark hollow beams in turbulent atmosphere,” Opt. Express |

11. | Y. Cai, “Propagation of various flat-topped beams in a turbulent atmosphere,” J. Opt. A: Pure Appl. Opt. |

12. | Y. Cai and D. Ge. “Analytical formula for a decentered elliptical Gaussian beam propagating in a turbulent atmosphere,” Opt. Commun. |

13. | L. C. Andrews, R. L. Phillips, R. J. Sasiela, and R. R. Parenti, “Strehl ratio and scintillation theory for uplink Gaussian-beam waves: beam wander effects, Opt. Eng.45, 076001–12 (2006). [CrossRef] |

14. | L. C. Andrews, R. L. Phillips, R. J. Sasiela, and R. R. Parenti, “Beam wander effects on the scintillation index of a focused beam,” Proc. SPIE |

15. | X. Chu and G. Zhou, “Power coupling of a two-Cassegrain-telescopes system in turbulent atmosphere in a slant path,” Opt. Express |

16. | X. Chu, Y. Ni, and G. Zhou, “Propagation of cosh-Gaussian beams diffracted by a circular aperture in turbulent atmosphere,” Apl. Phys. B. |

17. | X. Ji, T. Huang, and Baida Lu “Spreading of partially coherent cosh-Gaussian beams propagating through turbulent atmosphere,” Acta Physica Sinica |

18. | D. Zhao, H. Mao, W. Zhang, and S. Wang, “Propagation of off-axial Hermite-cosine-Gaussian beams through an apertured and misaligned ABCD optical system,” Opt. Commun. |

19. | K. Duan and B. Lu, “Propagation of Hermite-Laguerre-Gaussian beams through a paraxial optical ABCD system with rectangular hard-edged aperture,” Opt. Commun. |

20. | A. A. Tovar and L. W. Casperson, “Production and propagation of Hermite-sinusoidal-Gaussian laser beams,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A |

21. | H. T. Eyyuboğlu and Y. Baykal, “Generalized beams in ABCDGH systems,” Opt. Commun. |

22. | Y. Zhang, Y. Song, Z. Chen, J. Ji, and Z. Shi “Virtual sources for a cosh-Gaussian beam” Opt. Lett. |

23. | H. T. Yura and S. G. Hanson, “Optical beam wave propagation through complex optical system,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. A |

24. | S. C. H. Wang and M. A. Plonus, “Optical beam propagation for a partially coherent source in the turbulent atmosphere,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. |

**OCIS Codes**

(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation

(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence

(080.2730) Geometric optics : Matrix methods in paraxial optics

**ToC Category:**

Atmospheric and oceanic optics

**History**

Original Manuscript: September 25, 2007

Revised Manuscript: November 26, 2007

Manuscript Accepted: December 6, 2007

Published: December 11, 2007

**Citation**

Xiuxiang Chu, "Propagation of a cosh-Gaussian beam through an optical system in turbulent atmosphere," Opt. Express **15**, 17613-17618 (2007)

http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-15-26-17613

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### References

- T. Shirai, A. Dogariu, and E. Wolf, "Mode analysis of spreading of partially coherent beams propagating through atmospheric turbulence," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 20, 1094-1102 (2003). [CrossRef]
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- X. Chu and G. Zhou, "Power coupling of a two-Cassegrain-telescopes system in turbulent atmosphere in a slant path," Opt. Express 15, 7697-7707 (2007). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
- X. Chu, Y. Ni, and G. Zhou, "Propagation of cosh-Gaussian beams diffracted by a circular aperture in turbulent atmosphere," Appl. Phys. B. 87, 547-552 (2007). [CrossRef]
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- K. Duan and B. Lu, "Propagation of Hermite-Laguerre-Gaussian beams through a paraxial optical ABCD system with rectangular hard-edged aperture," Opt. Commun. 250, 1-9 (2005). [CrossRef]
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