6 January 1997 Reciprocal path tracking in satellite laser communications applications
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Abstract
Atmospheric turbulence causes intensity fluctuations in the received beam of a ground to space laser communication link. Theoretical analysis of the beam propagation through atmospheric turbulence to a satellite shows that very accurate pointing of the transmitter beam will reduce the fading of the signal. A new technique for tracking through turbulence is described that uses enhanced backscatter resulting from reciprocal scattering paths. Laboratory experiments have been conducted and data compared to computer simulation. A plan has been developed for demonstrating the technique on a Low Earth Orbiting satellite.
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Ronald L. Phillips, James E. Harvey, "Reciprocal path tracking in satellite laser communications applications", Proc. SPIE 2956, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation, Adaptive Systems, and Lidar Techniques for Remote Sensing, (6 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.263166; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.263166
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