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13 February 2007 Atmospheric turbulence profiling by detecting the wave function of a test beam
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We demonstrate for the first time that the wave-function of a laser beam that has been distorted by a turbulent atmosphere can be measured instantaneously with a phase-shifting interferometer. Direct detection of the wave-function enables deriving the correlation function of various orders, including the mutual coherence function and other parameters that cannot be measured directly by existing methods. Experimental results are presented employing the proposed method to characterize a beam that was transmitted through a random phase-screen that imposed a Kolmogorov phase perturbation spectrum onto the beam.
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Anatoliy Khizhnyak and Vladimir Markov "Atmospheric turbulence profiling by detecting the wave function of a test beam", Proc. SPIE 6457, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XIX and Atmospheric Propagation of Electromagnetic Waves, 64570L (13 February 2007); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.696962
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