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Optical Engineering

Aberrated beam propagation through turbulence and comparison of Monte Carlo simulations to field test measurements
Author(s): Nelofar Mosavi; Charles Nelson; Brian S. Marks; Bradley G. Boone; Curtis R. Menyuk
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Paper Abstract

Optical beam spread and beam quality factor in the presence of both an initial quartic phase aberration and atmospheric turbulence are studied. We obtain the analytical expressions for both beam radius-squared and the beam quality factor using the moment method, and we compare these expressions with the results from Monte Carlo simulations, which allow us to mutually validate the theory and the Monte Carlo simulation codes. We then analyze the first- and second-order statistical moments of the fluctuating intensity of a propagating laser beam and the probability density function versus intensity as the beam propagates through a turbulent atmosphere with constant C2n . At the end, we compare our analytical expression and our simulations with field test experimental results, and we find a good agreement.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 August 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 53(8) 086108 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.53.8.086108
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 53, Issue 8
Show Author Affiliations
Nelofar Mosavi, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab., LLC (United States)
Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore (United States)
Charles Nelson, U.S. Naval Academy (United States)
Brian S. Marks, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab., LLC (United States)
Bradley G. Boone, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab., LLC (United States)
Curtis R. Menyuk, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)

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