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Marine environment optical propagation measurements
Author(s): Mark Chang; Carlos Omar Font; Freddie Santiago; Yaítza Luna; Erick Roura; Sergio R. Restaino
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Paper Abstract

We describe the status and initial results of a long term campaign to measure the effects of atmospheric turbulence upon a horizontally directed laser beam, whose altitude above the sea surface is 2 metres. The measurements are made with a video rate Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor. Currently the source-receiver distance is 110 metres and additional sites have been identified to extend this single pass geometry to around 1 km. To date we have sampled over 70 hours of data, from December 2003 to April 2004. The preliminary scintillation power spectra and phase structure functions have been determined for some of the data sets, which we present here.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5550, Free-Space Laser Communications IV, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.560079
Show Author Affiliations
Mark Chang, Univ. de Puerto Rico/Mayaguez (United States)
Carlos Omar Font, Univ. de Puerto Rico/Mayaguez (United States)
Freddie Santiago, Univ. de Puerto Rico/Mayaguez (United States)
Yaítza Luna, Univ. de Puerto Rico/Mayaguez (United States)
Erick Roura, Univ. de Puerto Rico/Mayaguez (United States)
Sergio R. Restaino, Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5550:
Free-Space Laser Communications IV
Jennifer C. Ricklin; David G. Voelz, Editor(s)

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