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Off-Axis Gaussian Beams with Random Displacement in Atmospheric Turbulence

Author(s): Yahya Baykal | Halil Eyyuboglu | Yusuf Yenice

Journal: Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics
ISSN 1690-4532

Volume: 4;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 62;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Atmospheric Turbulence | Free Space Optics | Off-Axis Beams | Laser Beam Propagation

Our recent work in which we study the propagation of the general Hermite-sinusoidal-Gaussian laser beams in wireless broadband access telecommunication systems is elaborated in this paper to cover the special case of an off-axis Gaussian beam. We mainly investigate the propagation characteristics in atmospheric turbulence of an off-axis Gaussian beam possessing Gaussian distributed random displacement parameters. Our interest is to search for different types of laser beams that will improve the performance of a wireless broadband access system when atmospheric turbulence is considered. Our formulation is based on the basic solution of the second order mutual coherence function evaluated at the receiver plane. For fixed turbulence strength, the coherence length calculated at the receiver plane is found to decrease as the variance of the random displacement is increased. It is shown that as the turbulence becomes stronger, coherence lengths due to off-axis Gaussian beams tend to approach the same value, irrespective of the variance of the random displacement. As expected, the beam spreading is found to be pronounced for larger variance of displacement parameter. Average intensity profiles when atmospheric turbulence is present are plotted for different values of the variance of the random displacement parameter of the off-axis Gaussian beam.
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