10 February 2011 Scintillation reduction for combined Gaussian-vortex beam propagating through turbulent atmosphere
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We numerically examine the spatial evolution of the structure of coherent and partially coherent laser beams (PCBs), including the optical vortices, propagating in turbulent atmospheres. The influence of beam fragmentation and wandering relative to the axis of propagation (z-axis) on the value of the scintillation index (SI) of the signal at the detector is analyzed. A method for significantly reducing the SI, by averaging the signal at the detector over a set of PCBs, is described. This novel method is to generate the PCBs by combining two laser beams - Gaussian and vortex beams, with different frequencies (the difference between these two frequencies being significantly smaller than the frequencies themselves). In this case, the SI is effectively suppressed without any high-frequency modulators.
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G. P. Berman, V. N. Gorshkov, S. V. Torous, "Scintillation reduction for combined Gaussian-vortex beam propagating through turbulent atmosphere", Proc. SPIE 7924, Atmospheric and Oceanic Propagation of Electromagnetic Waves V, 79240G (10 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.876218; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.876218
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