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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 31 — Nov. 1, 2013
  • pp: 7449–7461

Probability density functions of power-in-bucket and power-in-fiber for an infrared laser beam propagating in the maritime environment

Charles Nelson, Svetlana Avramov-Zamurovic, Olga Korotkova, Reza Malek-Madani, Raymond Sova, and Frederic Davidson  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 31, pp. 7449-7461 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.52.007449


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Abstract

Irradiance fluctuations of an infrared laser beam from a shore-to-ship data link ranging from 5.1 to 17.8 km are compared to lognormal (LN), gamma–gamma (GG) with aperture averaging, and gamma-Laguerre (GL) distributions. From our data analysis, the LN and GG probability density function (PDF) models were generally in good agreement in near-weak to moderate fluctuations. This was also true in moderate to strong fluctuations when the spatial coherence radius was smaller than the detector aperture size, with the exception of the 2.54 cm power-in-bucket (PIB) where the LN PDF model fit best. For moderate to strong fluctuations, the GG PDF model tended to outperform the LN PDF model when the spatial coherence radius was greater than the detector aperture size. Additionally, the GL PDF model had the best or next to best overall fit in all cases with the exception of the 2.54 cm PIB where the scintillation index was highest. The GL PDF model also appears to be robust for off-of-beam center laser beam applications.

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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
(290.5930) Scattering : Scintillation
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 20, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 24, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 19, 2013
Published: October 21, 2013

Citation
Charles Nelson, Svetlana Avramov-Zamurovic, Olga Korotkova, Reza Malek-Madani, Raymond Sova, and Frederic Davidson, "Probability density functions of power-in-bucket and power-in-fiber for an infrared laser beam propagating in the maritime environment," Appl. Opt. 52, 7449-7461 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-52-31-7449

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