Outer-Scale Effect of a Gaussian-Beam Wave Propagated Through Non-Kolmogorov Turbulent Atmosphere on the Beam Wander


To date, it is a common knowledge that there exists two kinds of turbulence in Earth’s aerosphere, the Kolmogorov turbulence and the non-Kolmogorov turbulence, which has been confirmed by both increasing experimental evidences and some results of theoretical investigations. Therefore, it is necessary to further develop theory of optical wave propagation through the atmospheric turbulence, namely, to study the propagation of laser beams in the non-Kolmogorov turbulence before analyzing the joint influence of the Kolmogorov turbulence and the non-Kolmogorov turbulence on satellite laser communication. Also it is well known that the beam wander results in the performance degradation of satellite laser communication systems and exert an influence on the achievement and stability of its links. In this paper, considering a non-Kolmogorov generalized exponential power spectrum of refractive-index fluctuations, we derive the variances of beam wander for a Gaussian-beam wave in weak turbulence for a horizonal path. This spectrum includes the inner and outer scales with a generalized power law; thus, we also analyze the effect of spectral power law and outer scale variations on the beam wander. It is important to note that the expression for the beam wander variance obtained is concise closed form and independent on the optical wavelength.

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Du, W., Yang, Z., Jin, Z. et al. Outer-Scale Effect of a Gaussian-Beam Wave Propagated Through Non-Kolmogorov Turbulent Atmosphere on the Beam Wander. J Russ Laser Res 41, 278–284 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10946-020-09876-8

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  • atmospheric optics
  • atmospheric turbulence
  • non-Kolmogorov turbulence
  • beam wander
  • outer scale