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Packet testing in free-space optical communication links over water
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Paper Abstract

NRL's Chesapeake Bay lasercom test facility (LCTF) offers a variety of ranges for researching free-space optical laser communication (FSO lasercom) links in a maritime environment. This paper discusses link performance over the 16 km one-way range at the LCTF. There are several methods to determine the link quality in FSO lasercom. Bit-error-rate (BER) testing and packet testing are two possible methods. Since errors generally tend to occur in bursts in FSO channels, packet testing may offer a better indication of the quality of service (QoS) rather than BER testing. Link performance measured via packet testing is being investigated in a variety of atmospheric conditions. Results of these experiments will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6215, Atmospheric Propagation III, 621505 (17 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.668128
Show Author Affiliations
M. R. Suite, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
H. R. Burris, Research Support Instruments, Inc. (United States)
C. I. Moore, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
M. F. Stell, Research Support Instruments, Inc. (United States)
L. Wasiczko, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
W. Freeman, Smart Logic, Inc. (United States)
W. S. Rabinovich, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
G. C. Gilbreath, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
W. J. Scharpf, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6215:
Atmospheric Propagation III
Cynthia Y. Young; G. Charmaine Gilbreath, Editor(s)

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