4 May 2010 Naval Research Laboratory scintillation playback system for bench top lasercomm testing
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The Naval Research Laboratory has developed a system to optically "playback" recorded atmospheric scintillation data files. Scintillation data files typically consist of voltage versus time data taken during various outdoor field tests. Optical playback of these files involves modulating laser light in an optical fiber such that the output mimics the fluctuations observed in the outdoor field tests. This capability allows greatly simplified testing of lasercomm hardware and software in a laboratory environment without the need for more expensive and complicated outdoor field tests. This system also enables repetitive testing with the same fluctuations which is extremely useful for optimization of lasercomm system performance.
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Christopher I. Moore, Christopher I. Moore, Mena Ferraro Stell, Mena Ferraro Stell, William S. Rabinovich, William S. Rabinovich, Harris Rayvon Burris, Harris Rayvon Burris, Michele R. Suite, Michele R. Suite, Linda W. Thomas, Linda W. Thomas, Rita Mahon, Rita Mahon, } "Naval Research Laboratory scintillation playback system for bench top lasercomm testing", Proc. SPIE 7685, Atmospheric Propagation VII, 768508 (4 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.863557; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.863557

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