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Numerical simulations of beam propagation through optical turbulence for high-altitude platform crosslinks
Author(s): Joachim Horwath; Nicolas Perlot; Dirk Giggenbach; Ralf Jungling
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we introduce a simulation method for modelling clear-air atmospheric turbulence effects for long horizontal stratospheric paths. Divergence angles of several hundred microradians in combination with link distances up to 800 km require to adapt the appropriate resolution of the transverse optical field along the path. For this purpose, we implemented a propagation method in Cartesian coordinates. We choose two reference scenarios for high-altitude platform crosslinks and discuss the influence of simulation parameters to the derived results. Finally a method for computation of temporal IM/DD-time signals form simulated intensity matrices is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5338, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XVI, (16 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.529282
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Joachim Horwath, DLR (Germany)
Nicolas Perlot, DLR (Germany)
Dirk Giggenbach, DLR (Germany)
Ralf Jungling, Oregon Health & Science Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5338:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XVI
Steve Mecherle; Cynthia Y. Young; John S. Stryjewski, Editor(s)

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