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Optical Engineering

Optical Communication Through Low-Visibility Weather
Author(s): J. H. Shapiro; C. Warde
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Paper Abstract

By exploiting the scattered light, it is possible to improve atmospheric optical communication through low-visibility weather. This paper summarizes the multiple-forward-scatter propagation model for a line-of-sight optical link operating in low-visibility weather. Using this model, digital communication performances for diffraction-limited and wide field-of-view receivers are compared. It is shown that background-light suppression is the key to extended link operability in the daytime. Recent work on space-distributed phase compensation techniques for achieving this suppression is described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1981
PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 20(1) 200176 doi: 10.1117/12.7972667
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 20, Issue 1
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J. H. Shapiro, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
C. Warde, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


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