Title

Free-space optical system performance for laser beam propagation through non-Kolmogorov turbulence

Authors

Authors

I. Toselli; L. C. Andrews; R. L. Phillips;V. Ferrero

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Opt. Eng.

Keywords

atmospheric turbulence; structure function; Kolmogorov spectrum; beam; spread; scintillation; fade; signal-to-noise ratio; bit error rate; ATMOSPHERIC-TURBULENCE; ANISOTROPY; CASCADES; Optics

Abstract

It is well know that free-space laser system performance is limited by atmospheric turbulence. Most theoretical treatments have been described for many years by Kolmogorov's power spectral density model because of its simplicity. Unfortunately, several experiments have been reported recently that show that the Kolmogorov theory is sometimes incomplete to describe atmospheric statistics properly, in particular, in portions of the troposphere and stratosphere. We present a non-Kolmogorov power spectrum that uses a generalized exponent instead of constant standard exponent value 11/3, and a generalized amplitude factor instead of constant value 0.033. Using this new spectrum in weak turbulence, we carry out, for a horizontal path, an analysis of long-term beam spread, scintillation index, probability of fade, mean signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), and mean bit error rate (BER) as variation of the spectrum exponent. Our theoretical results show that for alpha values lower than alpha=11/3, but not for alpha close to alpha=3, there is a remarkable increase of scintillation and consequently a major penalty on the system performance. However, when alpha assumes a value close to alpha=3 or for alpha values higher than alpha=11/3, scintillation decreases, leading to an improvement on the system performance. (c) 2008 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

Journal Title

Optical Engineering

Volume

47

Issue/Number

2

Publication Date

1-1-2008

Document Type

Article; Proceedings Paper

Language

English

First Page

9

WOS Identifier

WOS:000254522700031

ISSN

0091-3286

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