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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2007
  • pp: 2137–2139

Beam criterion for atmospheric propagation

Olga Korotkova and Emil Wolf  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 15, pp. 2137-2139 (2007)

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A criterion is introduced for testing whether a beam retains its beam-like form after it propagates any particular distance through the turbulent atmosphere. The criterion applies to monochromatic as well as to partially coherent beams and is illustrated by examples.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: February 27, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 4, 2007
Published: July 23, 2007

Olga Korotkova and Emil Wolf, "Beam criterion for atmospheric propagation," Opt. Lett. 32, 2137-2139 (2007)

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