SLM-based laboratory simulations of Kolmogorov and non-Kolmogorov anisotropic turbulence

Italo Toselli, Olga Korotkova, Xifeng Xiao, David G. Voelz

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In this paper, we present a laboratory setup to simulate anisotropic, non-Kolmogorov turbulence. A sequence of numerical phase screens that incorporate the turbulence characteristics were applied to a spatial light modulator placed in the path of a laser beam with a Gaussian intensity profile and the resulting far-field intensity patterns were recorded by a CCD camera. The values of scintillation at the position of the maximum intensity were extracted from the images and compared with theoretical values. Our experimental results show a trend that is in agreement with known theoretical expressions; however, the turbulence rescaling due to anisotropy shows some discrepancy with theory and requires more investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4740-4744
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Optics
Issue number15
StatePublished - May 20 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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