, Volume 102, Issue 4, pp 945-952
Date: 22 Dec 2010

Changes in the state of polarization of partially coherent flat-topped beam in turbulent atmosphere for different source conditions

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The polarization states, i.e. the size, the shape and the orientation of the polarization ellipse of partially coherent flat-topped (PCFT) beams passing through atmospheric turbulence are studied in detail. The effects are studied of different source conditions on the polarization states of a PCFT beam propagating through atmospheric turbulence. Based on the unified theory of the polarization states for random electromagnetic beams, we have established the detailed formula for calculating the change of the polarization states of such beams.

The polarization states behavior of PCFT beams passing through atmospheric turbulence for any arbitrary order of a flat-topped beam “N” under different source conditions were investigated.