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Naval Research Laboratory scintillation playback system for bench top lasercomm testing
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Paper Abstract

The Naval Research Laboratory has developed a system to optically "playback" recorded atmospheric scintillation data files. Scintillation data files typically consist of voltage versus time data taken during various outdoor field tests. Optical playback of these files involves modulating laser light in an optical fiber such that the output mimics the fluctuations observed in the outdoor field tests. This capability allows greatly simplified testing of lasercomm hardware and software in a laboratory environment without the need for more expensive and complicated outdoor field tests. This system also enables repetitive testing with the same fluctuations which is extremely useful for optimization of lasercomm system performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7685, Atmospheric Propagation VII, 768508 (4 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.863557
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher I. Moore, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Mena Ferraro Stell, Research Support Instruments, Inc. (United States)
William S. Rabinovich, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Harris Rayvon Burris, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Michele R. Suite, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Linda W. Thomas, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Rita Mahon, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7685:
Atmospheric Propagation VII
Linda M. Wasiczko Thomas; Earl J. Spillar, Editor(s)

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