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Optical scintillation measurements in a desert environment IV: simulated effects of scintillation on communications links
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Paper Abstract

Optical scintillation is an effect that limits the performance of many optical systems including imagers and free space optical communication links. The Naval Research Laboratory is undertaking a series of measurement campaigns of optical scintillation in a variety of environments. In December of 2010 measurements were made over a one week period in the desert at China Lake, CA. The NRL TATS system was used to measure time resolved scintillation over a variety of different ranges and terrains. This data has been used to determine fade rate and duration as a function of weather and link margin. Temporal correlation of fades has also been calculated. This data allows simulation of a variety of communication protocols and the effects of those protocols on link throughput. In this paper we present a comparison of different protocols for both direct and retroreflector links.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2011
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 8162, Free-Space and Atmospheric Laser Communications XI, 81620B (15 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.895244
Show Author Affiliations
Michele Suite, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
W. S. Rabinovich, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Rita Mahon, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Christopher Moore, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Mike Ferraro, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
H. R. Burris, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
L. M. Thomas, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8162:
Free-Space and Atmospheric Laser Communications XI
Arun K. Majumdar; Christopher C. Davis, Editor(s)

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