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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 37, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 1998
  • pp: 7655–7660

Time-of-arrival fluctuations of a space–time Gaussian pulse in weak optical turbulence: an analytic solution

Cynthia Y. Young, Larry C. Andrews, and Akira Ishimaru  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 33, pp. 7655-7660 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.37.007655


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Abstract

An analytic expression is derived for the long-term temporal broadening (fluctuations of arrival time) of a collimated space-time Gaussian pulse propagating along a horizontal path through weak optical turbulence. General results are presented for nominal parameter values characterizing laser communication through the atmosphere. Specific examples are calculated for both upper-atmosphere and ground-level cross links. It is shown that, for upper-atmosphere cross links, pulses shorter than 100 fs have considerable broadening, whereas at ground level, broadening is predicted in pulses as long as 1 ps.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.7060) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Turbulence
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses
(350.6090) Other areas of optics : Space optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 10, 1997
Revised Manuscript: August 11, 1998
Published: November 20, 1998

Citation
Cynthia Y. Young, Larry C. Andrews, and Akira Ishimaru, "Time-of-arrival fluctuations of a space–time Gaussian pulse in weak optical turbulence: an analytic solution," Appl. Opt. 37, 7655-7660 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-37-33-7655

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