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Free-space optical channel propagation tests over a 147-km link
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Paper Abstract

A free-space optical communications link spanning 147 km between the islands of Hawaii and Maui was studied as part of AFRL's IRON-T2 program and in support of risk reduction efforts for DARPA's ORCA program in September/October 2008. Over 14 days, the performance of a 10-Gbps bi-directional link was tested during different periods of the day. This paper will present the test configuration, discuss the effects of atmospheric turbulence on the 10 Gbps link, and compare its performance to the available turbulence measurements. Additionally, modeling of the link configuration will be presented and comparisons will be made to collected data including local Cn 2 to understand the impact of atmospheric turbulence on future long distance links.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 May 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8038, Atmospheric Propagation VIII, 80380B (25 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.886890
Show Author Affiliations
Juan C. Juarez, The Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
David W. Young, The Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Joseph E. Sluz, The Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
James L. Riggins, The Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
David H. Hughes, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8038:
Atmospheric Propagation VIII
Linda M. Wasiczko Thomas; Earl J. Spillar, Editor(s)

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