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A process for free-space laser communications system design
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Paper Abstract

We present a design methodology for free-space laser communications systems. The first phase includes a characterization through numerical simulations of the channel to evaluate the range of extinction and scintillation. The second phase is the selection of fade mitigation schemes, which would incorporate pointing, acquisition, tracking, and communication system parameters specifically tailored to the channel. Ideally, the process would include sufficient flexibility to adapt to a wide range of channel conditions. We provide an example of the successful application of this design approach to a recent set of field experiments. This work was sponsored by the Department of Defense, RRCO DDR&E, under Air Force Contract FA8721-05-C-0002. Opinions, interpretations, conclusions and recommendations are those of the authors and are not necessarily endorsed by the United States Government.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7464, Free-Space Laser Communications IX, 74640V (21 August 2009);
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Frederick G. Walther, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
John D. Moores, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Robert J. Murphy, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Steven Michael, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
George A. Nowak, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7464:
Free-Space Laser Communications IX
Arun K. Majumdar; Christopher C. Davis, Editor(s)

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