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Adaptive optics performance criteria for imaging and laser communications systems
Author(s): Bruce Martin Levine; Allan Wirth; Clive Standley
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Paper Abstract

Atmospheric turbulence over vertical paths or long horizontal paths perturbs phase in the pupil of an optical communications receiver, and also can cause severe intensity scintillation. We describe a mathematical method for predicting a bound for these fluctuations by using the Strehl ratio as a criterion for determining the variations in the intensity fluctuations. Derived is the probability function of the instantaneous Strehl ratio, in addition to methods for computing the lower confidence limit. We show how these functions can vary by the degree of partial wavefront correction via adaptive optics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 2000
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4007, Adaptive Optical Systems Technology, (7 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.390297
Show Author Affiliations
Bruce Martin Levine, Adaptive Optics Associates, Inc. (United States)
Allan Wirth, Adaptive Optics Associates, Inc. (United States)
Clive Standley, Adaptive Optics Associates, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4007:
Adaptive Optical Systems Technology
Peter L. Wizinowich, Editor(s)

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