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Experimental study of laser beam propagation in turbulent atmosphere
Author(s): Chun-Ping Yang; Wu-Guang He; Jian Wu
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Paper Abstract

Intensity of atmospheric turbulence may overly affect bit error rate for a ground-based laser wireless communication system, so it is necessary to measure of atmospheric turbulence intensity and fluctuation of image centroid while laser beam propagates in turbulent atmosphere. In this paper, an experiment system is set up based on theory of light transmission in turbulent atmosphere. In the system, a laser named Nd : YAG is used horizontally to emit a laser beam with wavelength 1.06 μm on a platform at the height of 1.5 m. Three infrared CCD cameras are set at 200 m, 300 m(or 600 m) and 1000 m far from laser, which are applied to receive laser facula images from Lambertian boards, respectively. A lot of laser facula images are collected within some serial days under different periods of time every day, and hundreds of image frames are gathered at a time by making use of this experiment device. Fluctuation of image centroid is computed with these image frames, and the structure constant of atmospheric refractive index (C 2n) is also derived. Finally, a comparison is made between aforementioned C2n and those derived by meteorology factors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 2009
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 7283, 4th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Optical Test and Measurement Technology and Equipment, 728343 (20 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.828801
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Chun-Ping Yang, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)
Wu-Guang He, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)
Jian Wu, Univ. of Electronic Science and Technology of China (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7283:
4th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Optical Test and Measurement Technology and Equipment
Yudong Zhang; James C. Wyant; Robert A. Smythe; Hexin Wang, Editor(s)

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