24 April 2008 NRL's research at the Lasercomm Test Facility: characterization of the maritime atmosphere and initial results in analog FM lasercomm
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The US Naval Research Laboratory has undertaken a multi-year research effort in free space optical communications. The goals of this research are to understand and quantify the propagation of optical beams through the maritime atmosphere, assess the global maritime availability and performance of Naval lasercomm, and research methods to improve the robustness of Naval lasercomm links. In support of these goals, NRL has continued to add monitoring and testing capabilities to the Lasercomm Test Facility (LCTF) at NRL-Chesapeake Bay Detachment (CBD). The LCTF has provided volumes of information about maritime laser propagation and atmospheric turbulence. Highlights of recent research collected at the LCTF are presented in this paper.
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Linda M. Wasiczko Thomas, Linda M. Wasiczko Thomas, Christopher I. Moore, Christopher I. Moore, Harris R. Burris, Harris R. Burris, Michele Suite, Michele Suite, Walter Reed Smith, Walter Reed Smith, William Rabinovich, William Rabinovich, } "NRL's research at the Lasercomm Test Facility: characterization of the maritime atmosphere and initial results in analog FM lasercomm", Proc. SPIE 6951, Atmospheric Propagation V, 69510S (24 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.783791; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.783791
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