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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 25 — Sep. 1, 2012
  • pp: 6147–6158

Atmospheric turbulence effects measured along horizontal-path optical retro-reflector links

Rita Mahon, Christopher I. Moore, Mike Ferraro, William S. Rabinovich, and Michele R. Suite  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 25, pp. 6147-6158 (2012)

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The scintillation measured over close-to-ground retro-reflector links can be substantially enhanced due to the correlations experienced by both the direct and reflected echo beams. Experiments were carried out at China Lake, California, over a variety of ranges. The emphasis in this paper is on presenting the data from the 1.1 km retro-reflecting link that was operated for four consecutive days. The dependence of the measured irradiance flux variance on the solar fluence and on the temperature gradient above the ground is presented. The data are consistent with scintillation minima near sunrise and sunset, rising rapidly during the day and saturating at irradiance flux variances of 10. Measured irradiance probability distributions of the retro-reflected beam are compared with standard probability density functions. The ratio of the irradiance flux variances on the retro-reflected to the direct, single-pass case is investigated with two data sets, one from a monostatic system and the other using an off-axis receiver system.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(030.7060) Coherence and statistical optics : Turbulence
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: April 25, 2012
Revised Manuscript: July 27, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: July 31, 2012
Published: August 29, 2012

Rita Mahon, Christopher I. Moore, Mike Ferraro, William S. Rabinovich, and Michele R. Suite, "Atmospheric turbulence effects measured along horizontal-path optical retro-reflector links," Appl. Opt. 51, 6147-6158 (2012)

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