The beam-wander contribution to the scintillation in a ground-to-satellite free-space optical link is one of major importance. An analytical model, based on the duality between beam wander and angle-of-arrival fluctuations, is proposed for the temporal statistics. The expression of the probability density function of the log-amplitude fluctuations is first obtained. Then, the expressions of the spatial and temporal autocovariances are also obtained. We present plots of the beam-wander contribution to the log-amplitude variance, as a function of the transmitter aperture size and the turbulence accumulated in the propagation path. We also present the angular fluctuation and log-amplitude scintillation spectrum plots for some selected cases.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 18, 2004
Revised Manuscript: February 28, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: March 2, 2005
Published: July 20, 2005
Alejandro Rodriguez-Gomez, Federico Dios, Juan Antonio Rubio, and Adolfo Comeron, "Temporal statistics of the beam-wander contribution to scintillation in ground-to-satellite optical links: an analytical approach," Appl. Opt. 44, 4574-4581 (2005)