## Fast simulation of Strehl loss due to phase aberration for the sizing of adaptive optics in laser communications system design |

Applied Optics, Vol. 53, Issue 1, pp. 64-70 (2014)

http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.53.000064

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### Abstract

An approximation is derived for the phase Strehl of an aberrated wavefront based on uncorrelated random variates. Eliminating the requirement to generate correlated variates offers an orders-of-magnitude improvement in simulation speed, while yielding accuracy that may be sufficient for the preliminary sizing of adaptive optics (AO) in laser communications system design. Examples are presented comparing the performance of several AO subsystem sizes when correcting a wavefront aberrated by Kolmogorov turbulence.

**OCIS Codes**

(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics

(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics

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

**ToC Category:**

Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

**History**

Original Manuscript: June 18, 2013

Revised Manuscript: October 18, 2013

Manuscript Accepted: November 21, 2013

Published: December 23, 2013

**Citation**

Thomas C. Farrell, "Fast simulation of Strehl loss due to phase aberration for the sizing of adaptive optics in laser communications system design," Appl. Opt. **53**, 64-70 (2014)

http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-53-1-64

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