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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2006
  • pp: 568–570

Average intensity and spreading of an elliptical Gaussian beam propagating in a turbulent atmosphere

Yangjian Cai and Sailing He  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 5, pp. 568-570 (2006)

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An analytical formula for the average intensity of an elliptical Gaussian beam (EGB) propagating in a turbulent atmosphere is derived. The spreading properties of an EGB in a turbulent atmosphere are studied. It is found that an EGB will eventually become a circular Gaussian beam in a turbulent atmosphere. This interesting phenomenon is quite different from the propagation of an EGB in free space. The evolution properties are closely related to the parameters of the beam and 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
(010.3310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Laser beam transmission

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: October 25, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: November 29, 2005

Yangjian Cai and Sailing He, "Average intensity and spreading of an elliptical Gaussian beam propagating in a turbulent atmosphere," Opt. Lett. 31, 568-570 (2006)

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