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Performance loss factors for optical communication through clear air turbulence
Author(s): Jennifer C. Ricklin; Stephane Bucaille; Frederic M. Davidson
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Paper Abstract

Atmospheric turbulence can significantly degrade the bit error rate performance of a free-space laser communication link. We describe an approach for calculating the average bit error rate of a direct detection binary optical communication link in clear-air atmospheric turbulence, and discuss strategies for optimizing system performance.

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Date Published: 27 January 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5160, Free-Space Laser Communication and Active Laser Illumination III, (27 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.504524
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Jennifer C. Ricklin, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Stephane Bucaille, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Frederic M. Davidson, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5160:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Active Laser Illumination III
David G. Voelz; Jennifer C. Ricklin, Editor(s)

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