The effect of isotropic and homogeneous random media on propagation characteristics of recently introduced multi-Gaussian Schell-model (MGSM) vortex beams is investigated. The analytical formula for the cross-spectral density function of such a beam propagating in random turbulent media is derived and used to explore the evolution of the spectral density, the degree of coherence and the turbulence-induced spreading. An example illustrates the fact that, at sufficiently large distance from the source, the source correlations modulation of the spectral distribution in free space is shown to be suppressed by the uniformly correlated turbulence. The impacts, arising from the index M, the correlation width of the source and the properties of the medium on such characteristics are analyzed in depth.
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