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  • Vol. 19, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2002
  • pp: 753–758

Bit-error rate for free-space adaptive optics laser communications

Robert K. Tyson  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 19, Issue 4, pp. 753-758 (2002)

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An analysis of adaptive optics compensation for atmospheric-turbulence-induced scintillation is presented with the figure of merit being the laser communications bit-error rate. The formulation covers weak, moderate, and strong turbulence; on-off keying; and amplitude-shift keying, over horizontal propagation paths or on a ground-to-space uplink or downlink. The theory shows that under some circumstances the bit-error rate can be improved by a few orders of magnitude with the addition of adaptive optics to compensate for the scintillation. Low-order compensation (less than 40 Zernike modes) appears to be feasible as well as beneficial for reducing the bit-error rate and increasing the throughput of the communication link.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications

Original Manuscript: May 22, 2001
Revised Manuscript: September 21, 2001
Manuscript Accepted: October 12, 2001
Published: April 1, 2002

Robert K. Tyson, "Bit-error rate for free-space adaptive optics laser communications," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 19, 753-758 (2002)

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