Aberrated beam propagation through turbulence and comparison of Monte Carlo simulations to field test measurements

Nelofar Mosavi, Charles Nelson, Brian S. Marks, Bradley G. Boone, Curtis R. Menyuk
2014 Optical Engineering: The Journal of SPIE  
Optical beam spread and beam quality factor in the presence of both an initial quartic phase aberration and atmospheric turbulence are studied. We obtain the analytical expressions for both beam radius-squared and the beam quality factor using the moment method, and we compare these expressions with the results from Monte Carlo simulations, which allow us to mutually validate the theory and the Monte Carlo simulation codes. We then analyze the first-and second-order statistical moments of the
more » ... al moments of the fluctuating intensity of a propagating laser beam and the probability density function versus intensity as the beam propagates through a turbulent atmosphere with constant C 2 n . At the end, we compare our analytical expression and our simulations with field test experimental results, and we find a good agreement.
doi:10.1117/1.oe.53.8.086108 fatcat:pbf6jmoqlfhmro4qwjj4yz56iu