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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 18 — Sep. 1, 2008
  • pp: 14151–14162

Performance of synchronous optical receivers using atmospheric compensation techniques

Aniceto Belmonte and Joseph M. Kahn  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 18, pp. 14151-14162 (2008)

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We model the impact of atmospheric turbulence-induced phase and amplitude fluctuations on free-space optical links using synchronous detection. We derive exact expressions for the probability density function of the signal-to-noise ratio in the presence of turbulence. We consider the effects of log-normal amplitude fluctuations and Gaussian phase fluctuations, in addition to local oscillator shot noise, for both passive receivers and those employing active modal compensation of wave-front phase distortion. We compute error probabilities for M-ary phase-shift keying, and evaluate the impact of various parameters, including the ratio of receiver aperture diameter to the wave-front coherence diameter, and the number of modes compensated.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and oceanic optics

Original Manuscript: June 17, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 23, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 20, 2008
Published: August 26, 2008

Aniceto Belmonte and Joseph Khan, "Performance of synchronous optical receivers using atmospheric compensation techniques," Opt. Express 16, 14151-14162 (2008)

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