Optical Scintillation Noise on Long Atmospheric Paths

Paul Edwards, Ian Lisle, Adrian Whichello

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Free-space optical communications provide higher security and wider bandwidth than is currently available in the microwave band. However, refractive index fluctuations along the atmospheric path scatter and attenuate the optical beam and introduce intensity noise ("scintillation") on millisecond time scales. We present new results from the University of Canberra / RMIT / Monash University / Canberra Institute of Technology Free-Space Optical Communications Test Bed obtained over atmospheric paths with lengths between 4 and 26 km. These results include statistical analyses of long-path scintillation in the amplitude, time and frequency domains.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSymposium Proceedings: URSI Comm. F Triennium Symposium
EditorsDavid Noon
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherURSI Commission F Triennium Open Symposium
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)06464342303
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventURSI Commission F Triennium Open Symposium - Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia
Duration: 1 Jun 20044 Jun 2004


ConferenceURSI Commission F Triennium Open Symposium


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