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Coherent optical receiver for PPM signals received through atmospheric turbulence: performance analysis and preliminary experimental results
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Paper Abstract

The performance of a coherent free-space optical communications system is investigated. Bit Error Rate (BER) performance is analyzed, and laboratory equipment and experimental setup used to carry out these experiments at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are described. The key components include two lasers operating at 1064 nm wavelength for use with coherent detection, a 16 element (4X4) focal plane detector array, and data acquisition and signal processing assembly needed to sample and collect the data and analyze the results. Combining of the signals is accomplished using the least-mean-square (LMS) algorithm. Convergence of the algorithm for experimentally obtained signal tones is demonstrated in these initial experiments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5338, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XVI, (16 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.529475
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Michela Munoz Fernandez, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Victor A. Vilnrotter, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5338:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XVI
Steve Mecherle; Cynthia Y. Young; John S. Stryjewski, Editor(s)

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