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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 21 — Jul. 20, 2009
  • pp: 4149–4157

Laser propagation at 1.56 μm and 3.60 μm in maritime environments

Frank Hanson, Pete Poirier, Delmar Haddock, Dan Kichura, and Mark Lasher  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 21, pp. 4149-4157 (2009)

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We report results from field experiments that have compared laser propagation at 1.565 μm and 3.603 μm in a variety of atmospheric conditions in a low-altitude maritime environment in order to quantify the relative effects of turbulence under realistic conditions. Intensity scintillation and normalized focused spot sizes were found to be significantly less affected by turbulence at the longer wavelength, in general agreement with theoretical predictions. Also, the longer wavelength beam was noticeably less degraded by aberrations in the transceiver optical components. These advantages should be considered when evaluating the wavelength trade-offs in laser communication systems.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication
(010.4458) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic scattering

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: February 5, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 5, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 18, 2009
Published: July 14, 2009

Frank Hanson, Pete Poirier, Delmar Haddock, Dan Kichura, and Mark Lasher, "Laser propagation at 1.56 μm and 3.60 μm in maritime environments," Appl. Opt. 48, 4149-4157 (2009)

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