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NRL's research at the Lasercomm Test Facility: characterization of the maritime atmosphere and initial results in analog FM lasercomm
Author(s): Linda M. Wasiczko Thomas; Christopher I. Moore; Harris R. Burris; Michele Suite; Walter Reed Smith; William Rabinovich
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Paper Abstract

The US Naval Research Laboratory has undertaken a multi-year research effort in free space optical communications. The goals of this research are to understand and quantify the propagation of optical beams through the maritime atmosphere, assess the global maritime availability and performance of Naval lasercomm, and research methods to improve the robustness of Naval lasercomm links. In support of these goals, NRL has continued to add monitoring and testing capabilities to the Lasercomm Test Facility (LCTF) at NRL-Chesapeake Bay Detachment (CBD). The LCTF has provided volumes of information about maritime laser propagation and atmospheric turbulence. Highlights of recent research collected at the LCTF are presented in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6951, Atmospheric Propagation V, 69510S (24 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.783791
Show Author Affiliations
Linda M. Wasiczko Thomas, US Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Christopher I. Moore, US Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Harris R. Burris, US Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Michele Suite, US Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Walter Reed Smith, US Naval Research Lab. (United States)
William Rabinovich, US Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6951:
Atmospheric Propagation V
G. Charmaine Gilbreath; Linda M. Wasiczko, Editor(s)

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