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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 4 — Feb. 16, 2009
  • pp: 2763–2773

Capacity of coherent free-space optical links using atmospheric compensation techniques

Aniceto Belmonte and Joseph M. Kahn  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 4, pp. 2763-2773 (2009)

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We analyze the ergodic capacity and e-outage capacity of coherent optical links through the turbulent atmosphere. 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 wavefront phase distortion. We study the effect of various parameters, including the ratio of receiver aperture diameter to wavefront coherence diameter, the strength of the scintillation index, 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: October 9, 2008
Revised Manuscript: December 2, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: February 8, 2009
Published: February 11, 2009

Aniceto Belmonte and Joseph M. Kahn, "Capacity of coherent free-space optical links using atmospheric compensation techniques," Opt. Express 17, 2763-2773 (2009)

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