Abstract

We investigate the scintillation properties of Airy beam arrays in atmospheric turbulence. By utilizing the “self-bending” propagation property of Airy beams, the constituent beamlets propagate through relatively independent regions of turbulence but still largely overlap at the on-axis detector. Through numeric simulations, it is shown that the scintillation of an Airy beam array is significantly reduced and close to the theoretical minimum.

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