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Comparison of scintillation measurements from a 5 km communication link to standard statistical models
Author(s): Steven Michael; Ronald R. Parenti; Frederick G. Walther; Alicia M. Volpicelli; John D. Moores; William Wilcox Jr.; Robert Murphy
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Paper Abstract

As part of a free-space optical communications experiment over a 5km horizontal path, an extensive database of tilt-stabilized receiver data was collected for Cn2 n conditions ranging from benign to very strong. This paper focuses on the scintillation measurements made during those tests. Ensemble probability distributions are compiled from these results, and are subsequently compared with standard channel models such as the log-normal and gammagamma distributions. Statistical representations of temporal behavior are also developed from this database. Accurate statistical models of atmospheric channel effects have proved to be invaluable in the development of high-performance free-space transceivers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2009
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7324, Atmospheric Propagation VI, 73240J (2 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.819006
Show Author Affiliations
Steven Michael, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Ronald R. Parenti, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Frederick G. Walther, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Alicia M. Volpicelli, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
John D. Moores, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
William Wilcox Jr., MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Robert Murphy, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7324:
Atmospheric Propagation VI
Linda M. Wasiczko Thomas; G. Charmaine Gilbreath, Editor(s)

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