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Optical Communication Through Random Atmospheric Turbulence

Laussade, Jean-Pierre and Yariv, Amnon and Comly, Jack (1969) Optical Communication Through Random Atmospheric Turbulence. Applied Optics, 8 (8). pp. 1607-1611. ISSN 0003-6935. doi:10.1364/AO.8.001607.

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In this paper we compare the theoretical performances of two schemes of optical communication through the atmospheric turbulence: (1) heterodyne detection and (2) video detection. The signal-to-noise ratios (S/N) in the output current of a detector are expressed for both schemes in terms of the correlation function of the refractive index fluctuations of the turbulence. The results of a separate theoretical analysis of optical wave propagation through a random turbulence are used in order to obtain a numerical estimate of the performance criterion (S/N)_(2)(S/N)_(1) in terms of the length of propagation through the atmosphere, the turbulence strength, the wavelength of the optical wave, and the diameter of the receiving aperture.

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Additional Information:© 1969 Optical Society. Received 6 January 1969. The authors wish to thank the Army Research Office-Durham, and the NASA Electronic Research Center, for the support of this work.
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Official Citation:J. Laussade, A. Yariv, and J. Comly, "Optical Communication Through Random Atmospheric Turbulence," Appl. Opt. 8, 1607-1611 (1969).
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