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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1838–1840

Propagation of rotational field correlation through atmospheric turbulence

Mazen Nairat and David Voelz  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 7, pp. 1838-1840 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.001838


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Abstract

A general formulation is presented that describes the propagation of the rotational field correlation of an optical beam through atmospheric turbulence. The associated influence on the orbital angular momentum (OAM) of a single photon is described analytically. The analysis predicts the probability of change in the OAM state due to the process of propagating through turbulence. The probability of a change in an OAM state depends on the Fresnel number and on the ratio of the beam diameter to the Fried parameter.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

History
Original Manuscript: December 10, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 13, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: February 17, 2014
Published: March 21, 2014

Citation
Mazen Nairat and David Voelz, "Propagation of rotational field correlation through atmospheric turbulence," Opt. Lett. 39, 1838-1840 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-7-1838


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