The 150-km optical path between the astronomical observatories of Izaña on Tenerife and Roque de Los Muchachos on La Palma provides an optimum scenario for on-ground tests of optical communication systems for intersatellite communications. We present calculations of the effects of Saharan dust invasions—one of the most significant disturbances in this region-on the optical attenuation in the 780-880-nm spectral band.
© 1992 Optical Society of America
P. Menéndez-Valdés and F. Blanco, "Near-infrared attenuation of Saharan dust at the Tenerife and La Palma observatories," Appl. Opt. 31, 457-459 (1992)