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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2010
  • pp: 1479–1481

Coherent optical link through the turbulent atmosphere

Khelifa Djerroud, Ouali Acef, André Clairon, Pierre Lemonde, Catherine N. Man, Etienne Samain, and Peter Wolf  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 9, pp. 1479-1481 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.001479


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Abstract

We describe the realization of a 5 km free-space coherent optical link through the turbulent atmosphere between a telescope and a ground target. We present the phase noise of the link, limited mainly by atmospheric turbulence and mechanical vibrations of the telescope and the target. We discuss the implications of our results for applications, with particular emphasis on optical Doppler ranging to satellites and long-distance frequency transfer.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: January 27, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 12, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 12, 2010
Published: April 30, 2010

Citation
Khelifa Djerroud, Ouali Acef, André Clairon, Pierre Lemonde, Catherine N. Man, Etienne Samain, and Peter Wolf, "Coherent optical link through the turbulent atmosphere," Opt. Lett. 35, 1479-1481 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-9-1479

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