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Measurements of aperture averaging on bit-error-rate
Author(s): Gary L. Bastin; Larry C. Andrews; Ronald L. Phillips; Richard A. Nelson; Bobby A. Ferrell; Michael R. Borbath; Darren J. Galus; Peter G. Chin; William G. Harris; Jose A. Marin; Geoffrey L. Burdge; David Wayne; Robert Pescatore
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Paper Abstract

We report on measurements made at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) runway at Kennedy Space Center of receiver aperture averaging effects on a propagating optical Gaussian beam wave over a propagation path of 1,000 m. A commercially available instrument with both transmit and receive apertures was used to transmit a modulated laser beam operating at 1550 nm through a transmit aperture of 2.54 cm. An identical model of the same instrument was used as a receiver with a single aperture that was varied in size up to 20 cm to measure the effect of receiver aperture averaging on Bit Error Rate. Simultaneous measurements were also made with a scintillometer instrument and local weather station instruments to characterize atmospheric conditions along the propagation path during the experiments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5891, Atmospheric Optical Modeling, Measurement, and Simulation, 589102 (18 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.619459
Show Author Affiliations
Gary L. Bastin, ASRC Aerospace (United States)
Larry C. Andrews, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Ronald L. Phillips, Florida Space Institute, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Richard A. Nelson, NASA Kennedy Space Ctr. (United States)
Bobby A. Ferrell, NASA Kennedy Space Ctr. (United States)
Michael R. Borbath, Harris Corp. (United States)
Darren J. Galus, Harris Corp. (United States)
Peter G. Chin, Harris Corp. (United States)
William G. Harris, ASRC Aerospace (United States)
Jose A. Marin, ASRC Aerospace (United States)
Geoffrey L. Burdge, Harris Corp. (United States)
David Wayne, Florida Space Institute, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Robert Pescatore, Florida Space Institute, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5891:
Atmospheric Optical Modeling, Measurement, and Simulation
Stephen M. Doss-Hammel; Anton Kohnle, Editor(s)

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