A new method for calculating the heterodyne efficiency of an optical receiver is applied to specific optical systems looking through a turbulent atmosphere. The optical and atmospheric parameters which characterize the system efficiency are considered, and optimization of the performance of an heterodyne receiver is discussed.
© 1984 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 25, 1983
Published: April 1, 1984
J. Salzman and A. Katzir, "Heterodyne detection SNR: calculations with matrix formalism," Appl. Opt. 23, 1066-1074 (1984)