Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Physics and Astronomy

Committee Chair

James Miller

Committee Member

Kenneth Herren

Committee Member

Richard Lieu

Committee Member

Lingze Duan

Committee Member

Michael Helle


Lasers, Beam optics


Low order Laguerre-Gaussian beams have been produced (from the Hermite-Gaussian profile emitted by a Helium-Neon laser) in the UAH Turbulence Lab. Both collimated and converging beams propagate a free space path (with and without turbulence) of 164m in the current experimental arrangement. Experimental data showing the relationship between the spatial coherence radius of a lowest order Gaussian beam and the Fried parameter has been verified. Data supporting a new relationship between the low order Laguerre-Gaussian spatial coherence radius (now defined as the ouroboros radius) and the Fried parameter has been collected and analyzed. The index of refraction structure constant values varied over three orders of magnitude. Two new effects have been experimentally observed for Laguerre-Gaussian laser beams: the spatial coherence radius (ouroboros radius) and beam wander tracking. The TASC algorithm was developed to empirically determine the degree of coherence, the mutual coherence function, and the wave structure function for Laguerre-Gaussian laser beams.



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