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13 February 2007 Simulating partially coherent fields and other special beam classes in turbulence
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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.
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Greg Gbur "Simulating partially coherent fields and other special beam classes in turbulence", Proc. SPIE 6457, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XIX and Atmospheric Propagation of Electromagnetic Waves, 64570I (13 February 2007);

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