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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 9 — Apr. 28, 2008
  • pp: 6756–6767

Influence of atmospheric phase compensation on optical heterodyne power measurements

Aniceto Belmonte  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 9, pp. 6756-6767 (2008)

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The simulation of beam propagation is used to examine the uncertainty inherent to the process of optical power measurement with a practical heterodyne receiver because of the presence of refractive turbulence. Phase-compensated heterodyne receivers offer the potential for overcoming the limitations imposed by the atmosphere by the partial correction of turbulence-induced wave-front phase aberrations. However, wave-front amplitude fluctuations can limit the compensation process and diminish the achievable heterodyne performance.

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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: February 20, 2008
Revised Manuscript: April 11, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: April 23, 2008
Published: April 25, 2008

Aniceto Belmonte, "Influence of atmospheric phase compensation on optical heterodyne power measurements," Opt. Express 16, 6756-6767 (2008)

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