Random Light Beams: Theory and Applications

Random Light Beams: Theory and Applications

by Olga Korotkova

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Random Light Beams: Theory and Applications by Olga Korotkova

Random Light Beams: Theory and Applications contemplates the potential in harnessing random light. This book discusses light matter interactions, and concentrates on the various phenomena associated with beam-like fields. It explores natural and man-made light fields and gives an overview of recently introduced families of random light beams. It outlines mathematical tools for analysis, suggests schemes for realization, and discusses possible applications.

The book introduces the essential concepts needed for a deeper understanding of the subject, discusses various classes of deterministic paraxial beams and examines random scalar beams. It highlights electromagnetic random beams and matters relating to generation, propagation in free space and various media, and discusses transmission through optical systems. It includes applications that benefit from the use of random beams, as well as the interaction of beams with deterministic optical systems.

• Includes detailed mathematical description of different model sources and beams

• Explores a wide range of man-made and natural media for beam interaction

• Contains more than 100 illustrations on beam behavior

• Offers information that is based on the scientific results of the last several years

• Points to general methods for dealing with random beams, on the basis of which the readers can do independent research

It gives examples of light propagation through the human eye, laser resonators, and negative phase materials. It discusses in detail propagation of random beams in random media, the scattering of random beams from collections of scatterers and thin random layers as well as the possible uses for these beams in imaging, tomography, and smart illumination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781351833875
Publisher: CRC Press
Publication date: 12/19/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 366
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Dr. Olga Korotkova received her Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, in December 2003. In her Ph.D. thesis and in other publications she showed the advantages of using random optical beams for communications and sensing through random media. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Physics, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. She has recently introduced several schemes of correlation and polarization diversity for mitigation of effects of turbulence and scatterers. Korotkova has published more than 100 scientific papers in peer-referred journals, which have been cited more than 1800 times. She chaired six SPIE conferences relating to atmospheric and oceanic propagation of EM waves in 2007-2012 and has been a member of the editorial board for Optics Letters since 2010.

Table of Contents


Brief History

Preliminary Mathematics

Random Processes

Preliminary Optics

The Maxwell’s, Wave and Helmholtz Equations

Deterministic Paraxial Beams

Basic Family of Gaussian Beams

Superposition of Gaussian Beams

Other Deterministic Beams


Scalar Stochastic beams: Theory

Statistical Description

Mathematical Models

Methods of Generation


Electromagnetic Stochastic Beams: Theory

Statistical Description

Electromagnetic Quasi-Homogeneous Sources

Propagation in Free Space and Linear Media

Generalized Jones-Mueller Calculus

Electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-Model Sources and Beams

Electromagnetic Beams with Gaussian Statistics

Other Stochastic Electromagnetic Beams

Interaction of Random Electromagnetic Beams with Optical


ABCD Matrix Method for Beam Interaction with Image Forming

Optical Systems

Random Beams in the Human Eye

Random Beams in Negative Phase Materials

Imaging by Twisted Random Beams

Tensor Method for Random Beam Interaction with Astigmatic

ABCD Systems

Electromagnetic Random Beams in Optical Resonators


Random Beams in Linear Random Media

Natural Random Media: Turbulence

Scalar Random Beam Interaction with Random Media

Electromagnetic Random Beam Interaction with Random Media


Mitigation of Random Media Effects with Random Beams

Free-Space Optical Communications

Active LIDAR systems with Rough Targets


Weak Scattering of Random Beams

Classic Theory of Weak Scattering

Description of Scattering Media

Weak Scattering for Scalar Fields

Weak Scattering for Electromagnetic Fields


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