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Journal of Optical Communications and Networking

Journal of Optical Communications and Networking

  • Editors: K. Bergman and O. Gerstel
  • Vol. 5, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2013
  • pp: 888–900

Reciprocity-Enhanced Optical Communication Through Atmospheric Turbulence—Part II: Communication Architectures and Performance

Andrew L. Puryear, Jeffrey H. Shapiro, and Ronald R. Parenti  »View Author Affiliations

Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, Vol. 5, Issue 8, pp. 888-900 (2013)

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Free-space optical (FSO) communication provides rapidly deployable, dynamic communication links that are capable of very high data rates compared with those of radio-frequency systems. As such, FSO communication is ideal for mobile platforms, for platforms that require the additional security afforded by the narrow divergence of a laser beam, and for systems that must be deployed in a relatively short time frame. In clear-weather conditions the data rate and utility of FSO communication links are primarily limited by fading caused by microscale atmospheric temperature variations that create parts-per-million refractive-index fluctuations known as atmospheric turbulence. Typical communication techniques to overcome turbulence-induced fading, such as interleavers with sophisticated codes, lose viability as the data rate is driven higher or the delay tolerance is driven lower. This paper, along with its companion [J. Opt. Commun. Netw. 4, 947 (2012)], present communication systems and techniques that exploit atmospheric reciprocity to overcome turbulence that are viable for high data rate and low delay tolerance systems. Part I proves that reciprocity is exhibited under rather general conditions and derives the optimal power-transfer phase compensation for far-field operation. Part II presents capacity-achieving architectures that exploit reciprocity to overcome the complexity and delay issues that limit state-of-the-art FSO communications.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication

ToC Category:
Research Papers

Original Manuscript: January 22, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 14, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 11, 2013
Published: July 22, 2013

Andrew L. Puryear, Jeffrey H. Shapiro, and Ronald R. Parenti, "Reciprocity-Enhanced Optical Communication Through Atmospheric Turbulence—Part II: Communication Architectures and Performance," J. Opt. Commun. Netw. 5, 888-900 (2013)

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