Vol. 51, Issue 1, pp. 147-158
partially coherent cosh-Gaussian beam, ABCD optical system, non-Kolmogorov turbulence
An efficient tensor approach is used to study the propagation of partially coherent cosh-Gaussian beams through an ABCD optical system in non-Kolmogorov turbulence. Analytical expressions for the average intensity of the beam propagation are derived. The properties of the average intensity are investigated with a numerical example. One finds that the propagation of the beam with larger spatial coherence length is less affected by distance when the propagation distance is long enough, and as the Ch-parameter increases, the beam propagation is less effected by turbulent atmosphere. It is also found that the average intensity distribution of the cosh-Gaussian beams with larger spatial correlation length is more affected by the structure constant of turbulence (i.e. turbulence level). By choosing a suitable Ch-parameter and spatial coherence length, the partially coherent cosh-Gaussian beams can be better transmitted in non-Kolmogorov turbulence. Our results will be useful in free-space communication.