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Optical beam spreading in the presence of both atmospheric turbulence and quartic aberration
Author(s): N. Mosavi; B. S. Marks; B. G. Boone; C. R. Menyuk
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Paper Abstract

Optical beam spread and beam quality factor in the presence of both quartic phase aberrations and atmospheric turbulence is numerically analyzed. We obtain analytical expressions for both the mean-square beam radius and the beam quality factor using the moment method, and we compare these expressions to the results from Monte Carlo simulations, which allows us to mutually validate the theory and the Monte Carlo simulation codes. We also discuss the reason for the discrepancy between the classical approach for calculating the ensemble-averaged mean-square beam radius in a turbulent atmosphere that is described by Andrews and Phillips and by Fante versus using the moment method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 March 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8971, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXVI, 897103 (6 March 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2033561
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N. Mosavi, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)
B. S. Marks, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
B. G. Boone, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
C. R. Menyuk, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8971:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXVI
Hamid Hemmati; Don M. Boroson, Editor(s)

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