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Simple Algorithms For Calculating Optical Communication Performance Through Turbulence
Author(s): Jeffrey H. Shapiro; Robert C. Harney
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Paper Abstract

Propagation through turbulence can impose severe limitations on the performance of atmospheric optical communication links. Previous studies have established quantitative results for turbulence-induced beam spread, angular spread, and scintillation. This paper develops communication-theory results for single-bit and message transmission through turbulence. Programmable calculator algorithms for evaluating these results are given, and used to examine system performance in some realistic scenarios. These algorithms make it possible for the uninitiated communication engineer to rapidly assess the effects of turbulence on an atmospheric optical communication link.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 December 1981
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 0295, Control and Communication Technology in Laser Systems, (21 December 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.932406
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Jeffrey H. Shapiro, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Robert C. Harney, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0295:
Control and Communication Technology in Laser Systems
Kay Yong, Editor(s)

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