Abstract

A numerical wave optics approach for simulating a partial spatially coherent beam is presented. The approach involves the application of a sequence of random phase screens to an initial beam field and the summation of the intensity results after propagation. The relationship between the screen parameters and the spatial coherence function for the beam is developed and the approach is verified by comparing results with analytic formulations for a Gaussian Schell-model beam. The approach can be used for modeling applications such as free space optical laser links that utilize partially coherent beams.

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2002 (1)

1997 (1)

1992 (1)

1983 (1)

Y. Baykal, M. A. Plonus, and S. J. Wang, "The scintillations for a weak atmospheric turbulence using a partially coherent beam," Radio Sci. 18,551-556 (1983).

1979 (1)

1970 (1)

H. Arsenault and S. Lowenthal, "Partial coherence of an object illuminated with laser light through a moving diffuser," Opt. Commun. 1, 451-453 (1970).
[CrossRef]

1964 (1)

W. Martienssen and E. Spiller, "Coherence and fluctuations in light beams," Am. J. Phys. 32, 919-926 (1964).
[CrossRef]

Arsenault, H.

H. Arsenault and S. Lowenthal, "Partial coherence of an object illuminated with laser light through a moving diffuser," Opt. Commun. 1, 451-453 (1970).
[CrossRef]

Baykal, Y.

Y. Baykal, M. A. Plonus, and S. J. Wang, "The scintillations for a weak atmospheric turbulence using a partially coherent beam," Radio Sci. 18,551-556 (1983).

Bush, K. A.

Davidson, F. M.

Friberg, A. T.

Idell, P. S.

Lowenthal, S.

H. Arsenault and S. Lowenthal, "Partial coherence of an object illuminated with laser light through a moving diffuser," Opt. Commun. 1, 451-453 (1970).
[CrossRef]

Martienssen, W.

W. Martienssen and E. Spiller, "Coherence and fluctuations in light beams," Am. J. Phys. 32, 919-926 (1964).
[CrossRef]

Plonus, M. A.

Y. Baykal, M. A. Plonus, and S. J. Wang, "The scintillations for a weak atmospheric turbulence using a partially coherent beam," Radio Sci. 18,551-556 (1983).

S. C. H. Wang and M. A. Plonus, "Optical beam propagation for a partially coherent source in the turbulent atmosphere," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 69, 1297-1304 (1979).

Ricklin, J. C.

Spiller, E.

W. Martienssen and E. Spiller, "Coherence and fluctuations in light beams," Am. J. Phys. 32, 919-926 (1964).
[CrossRef]

Tervonen, E.

Turunen, J.

Voelz, D. G.

Wang, S. C. H.

Wang, S. J.

Y. Baykal, M. A. Plonus, and S. J. Wang, "The scintillations for a weak atmospheric turbulence using a partially coherent beam," Radio Sci. 18,551-556 (1983).

Am. J. Phys. (1)

W. Martienssen and E. Spiller, "Coherence and fluctuations in light beams," Am. J. Phys. 32, 919-926 (1964).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt. (1)

J. Opt. Soc. Am. (1)

J. Opt. Soc. Am. A (2)

Opt. Commun. (1)

H. Arsenault and S. Lowenthal, "Partial coherence of an object illuminated with laser light through a moving diffuser," Opt. Commun. 1, 451-453 (1970).
[CrossRef]

Radio Sci. (1)

Y. Baykal, M. A. Plonus, and S. J. Wang, "The scintillations for a weak atmospheric turbulence using a partially coherent beam," Radio Sci. 18,551-556 (1983).

Other (5)

D. G. Voelz and K. J. Fitzhenry, "Pseudo-partially coherent beam for free-space laser communication," in Free-Space Laser Communications IV, J. C. Ricklin, D. G. Voelz, eds., Proc. SPIE 5550, 218-224 (2004).

X. Xiao and D. G. Voelz, "Wave optics simulation of partially coherent beams," in Free-Space Laser Communications V, D. G. Voelz, J. C. Ricklin, eds., Proc. SPIE 5892, 219-227 (2005).

J. W. Goodman, Statistical Optics, (John Wiley & Sons, 1985).

L. Mandel and E. Wolf, "Radiation from sources of any state of coherence," in Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics, (Cambridge University, 1995), pp. 229-337.

H. Stark and J. W. Woods, Probability and Random Process with Applications to Signal Processing, (Prentice Hall, 2002), Chap. 7.

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