It is known that some partially coherent Gaussian Schell-model beams may generate, in free space, the same angular distribution of radiant intensity as a fully coherent laser beam. We show that this result also holds even if the beams propagate in atmospheric turbulence, irrespective of the particular model of turbulence used. The result is illustrated by an example.
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Tomohiro Shirai, Aristide Dogariu, and Emil Wolf, "Directionality of Gaussian Schell-model beams propagating in atmospheric turbulence," Opt. Lett. 28, 610-612 (2003)