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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2009
  • pp: 2261–2263

Scintillation of nonuniformly polarized beams in atmospheric turbulence

Yalong Gu, Olga Korotkova, and Greg Gbur  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 15, pp. 2261-2263 (2009)

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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.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

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)

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