14 September 2011 Optical scintillation measurements in a desert environment II: retroreflector links
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The NRL Transportable Atmospheric Testing Suite (TATS) system was used to measure time resolved scintillation over a variety of different ranges at China Lake in December 2010. In this paper an analysis of scintillation effects on retro-reflector links is presented. Scintillation index, power spectral density and probability distribution functions are deduced from the measured irradiance fluctuations. Effects of aperture averaging using multiple retro-reflectors is examined as well as the contribution to the irradiance fluctuations due to enhanced backscatter.
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W. S. Rabinovich, R. Mahon, C. I. Moore, M. S. Ferraro, M. R. Suite, H. R. Burris, and L. M. Thomas "Optical scintillation measurements in a desert environment II: retroreflector links", Proc. SPIE 8162, Free-Space and Atmospheric Laser Communications XI, 816209 (14 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.895240; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.895240

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