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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 2 — Jan. 16, 2012
  • pp: 1649–1661

Effect of fog on free-space optical links employing imaging receivers

Reza Nasiri Mahalati and Joseph M. Kahn  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 1649-1661 (2012)

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We analyze free-space optical links employing imaging receivers in the presence of misalignment and atmospheric effects, such as haze, fog or rain. We present a detailed propagation model based on the radiative transfer equation. We also compare the relative importance of two mechanisms by which these effects degrade link performance: signal attenuation and image blooming. We show that image blooming dominates over attenuation, except under medium-to-heavy fog conditions.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric scattering
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: September 19, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 18, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 18, 2011
Published: January 11, 2012

Reza Nasiri Mahalati and Joseph M. Kahn, "Effect of fog on free-space optical links employing imaging receivers," Opt. Express 20, 1649-1661 (2012)

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