We demonstrate, through numerical simulations, that an appropriately chosen nonuniformly polarized coherent optical field can have appreciably smaller scintillation than comparable beams of uniform polarization. This results from the fact that a nonuniformly polarized field acts as an effective two-mode partially coherent field. The results described here are of direct relevance to the development of free-space optical communication systems.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 24, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 11, 2009
Published: July 17, 2009
Yalong Gu, Olga Korotkova, and Greg Gbur, "Scintillation of nonuniformly polarized beams in atmospheric turbulence," Opt. Lett. 34, 2261-2263 (2009)