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Wave optics simulation of partially coherent and partially polarized beam propagation in turbulence
Author(s): Xifeng Xiao; David Voelz
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Paper Abstract

In this work, the propagations of unpolarized and polarized beams are modeled using wave optics simulations. The second-order correlation properties and the degree of polarization were examined for various scenarios. Our results are consistent with a theoretical analysis available in the literature. The average intensity profiles in the receiver plane show excellent consistence with the theory. The on-axis scintillation indices are investigated and we find that when source transverse correlation distance is much smaller than the atmospheric correlation distance, then the unpolarized beam reduces the normalized intensity fluctuation up to a factor of two.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7464, Free-Space Laser Communications IX, 74640T (21 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.829336
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Xifeng Xiao, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)
David Voelz, New Mexico State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7464:
Free-Space Laser Communications IX
Arun K. Majumdar; Christopher C. Davis, Editor(s)

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