Intensity properties of partially coherent beam waves

M. A. Plonus, C. F. Ouyang, S. C.H. Wang

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The extended Huygens-Fresnel principle is used to investigate the lateral coherence and the average on-axis intensity of partially coherent beam waves propagating in the turbulent atmosphere. A factor that determines the shift of the focal point toward the source when a beam wave propagates in turbulence is calculated. It is also shown that optimum beam wave propagation in atmospheric turbulence occurs for wavelength in the IR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3082-3088
Number of pages7
JournalApplied optics
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 15 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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