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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 8, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1969
  • pp: 1607–1611

Optical Communication Through Random Atmospheric Turbulence

Jean-Pierre Laussade, Amnon Yariv, and Jack Comly  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 8, Issue 8, pp. 1607-1611 (1969)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.8.001607


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Abstract

In this paper we compare the theoretical performances of two schemes of optical communication through the atmospheric turbulence: (1) heterodyne detection and (2) video detection. The signal-to-noise ratios (S/N) in the output current of a detector are expressed for both schemes in terms of the correlation function of the refractive index fluctuations of the turbulence. The results of a separate theoretical analysis of optical wave propagation through a random turbulence are used in order to obtain a numerical estimate of the performance criterion (S/N)(2)/(S/N)(1) in terms of the length of propagation through the atmosphere, the turbulence strength, the wavelength of the optical wave, and the diameter of the receiving aperture.

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History
Original Manuscript: January 6, 1969
Published: August 1, 1969

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Jean-Pierre Laussade, Amnon Yariv, and Jack Comly, "Optical Communication Through Random Atmospheric Turbulence," Appl. Opt. 8, 1607-1611 (1969)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-8-8-1607

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