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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 25, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 1986
  • pp: 1817–1825

Atmospheric turbulence-induced signal fades on optical heterodyne communication links

Kim A. Winick  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 25, Issue 11, pp. 1817-1825 (1986)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.25.001817


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Abstract

The three basic atmospheric propagation effects, absorption, scattering, and turbulence, are reviewed. A simulation approach is then developed to determine signal fade probability distributions on heterodyne-detected satellite links which operate through naturally occurring atmospheric turbulence. The calculations are performed on both angle-tracked and nonangle-tracked downlinks, and on uplinks, with and without adaptive optics. Turbulence-induced degradations in communication performance are determined using signal fade probability distributions, and it is shown that the average signal fade can be a poor measure of the performance degradation.

© 1986 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: September 5, 1985
Published: June 1, 1986

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Kim A. Winick, "Atmospheric turbulence-induced signal fades on optical heterodyne communication links," Appl. Opt. 25, 1817-1825 (1986)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-25-11-1817

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