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Atmospheric turbulence studies of a 16 km maritime path
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Paper Abstract

The Naval Research Lab (NRL) is currently operating a lasercom test facility (LCTF) across the Chesaepeake Bay between NRL's Chesapeake Bay Detachment (NRL-CBD) and NRL-Tilghman Island. This lasercom test facility has successfully demonstrated 32 km retro-reflected links at data rates up to 2.5 Gbps. Along with lasercom link studies, atmospheric characterization of the NRL-CBD to Tilghman Island optical path has been investigated. These studies range from passive optical turbulence monitoring based on angle-of-arrival measurements of a spotlight's apparent motion, to intensity and angle-of-arrival measurements of a retro-reflected laser beam. Currently the LCTF is being upgraded from a retro-reflected link to a direct one-way link from NRL-CBD to NRL-Tilghman Island. Initial measurements of atmospheric turbulence effects in this one-way configuration have recently been performed. Results of these past and current atmospheric turbulence studies are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 May 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5793, Atmospheric Propagation II, (25 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.606019
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher I. Moore, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Harris R. Burris, Research Support Instruments, Inc. (United States)
Mena F. Stell, Research Support Instruments, Inc. (United States)
Linda Wasiczko, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Michele R. Suite, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Rita Mahon, The Titan Corp. (United States)
William S. Rabinovich, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
G. Charmaine Gilbreath, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
William J. Scharpf, Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5793:
Atmospheric Propagation II
Cynthia Y. Young; G. Charmaine Gilbreath, Editor(s)

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