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Power spectra of a free space optical link in a maritime environment
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Paper Abstract

Parameters characterizing the atmospheric turbulence in a 16 km maritime optical link were measured over a 6 month period in 2007, on a continuous basis as conditions allowed. Both the scintillation index and the atmospheric structure constant were found to have a strong dependence on the air - water temperature difference. Temporal-frequency spectra were also generated from the received intensity fluctuations. In this paper the frequency components of the laser irradiance are studied in order to ascertain the degree of correlation with prevailing meteorological conditions. In addition, the high frequency behavior of the power spectra is documented and shows an extensive range of values for the power-law scaling index.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7464, Free-Space Laser Communications IX, 746407 (21 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.828860
Show Author Affiliations
Rita Mahon, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Christopher I. Moore, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Harris R. Burris, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
William S. Rabinovich, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Michele R. Suite, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Linda M. Thomas, Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7464:
Free-Space Laser Communications IX
Arun K. Majumdar; Christopher C. Davis, Editor(s)

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