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Simulating partially coherent fields and other special beam classes in turbulence
Author(s): Greg Gbur
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Paper Abstract

Optical coherence theory traditionally deals with the properties of randomly fluctuating fields over long time averages. For certain applications (such as optical communications) and special beam classes (such as vortex beams), however, the averaging process can obscure important physical aspects of the field behavior. We demonstrate a new method of simulating partially coherent fields of nearly arbitrary spatial and temporal coherence. Over sufficiently long time intervals, these simulations produce the expected average properties. The results are used to gain insight into the propagation properties of partially coherent fields through atmospheric turbulence.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 February 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6457, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XIX and Atmospheric Propagation of Electromagnetic Waves, 64570I (13 February 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.709613
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Greg Gbur, Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6457:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XIX and Atmospheric Propagation of Electromagnetic Waves
Steve Mecherle; Olga Korotkova, Editor(s)

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