16 May 2012 Analysis of link performance for the FOENEX laser communications system
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A series of experiments were conducted to validate the performance of the free-space optical communications (FSOC) subsystem under DARPA's FOENEX program. Over six days, bidirectional links at ranges of 10 and 17 km were characterized during different periods of the day to evaluate link performance. This paper will present the test configuration, evaluate performance of the FSOC subsystem against a variety of characterization approaches, and discuss the impact of the results, particularly with regards to the optical terminals. Finally, this paper will summarize the impact of turbulence conditions on the FSOC subsystem and present methods for estimating performance under different link distances and turbulence conditions.
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Juan C. Juarez, Juan C. Juarez, David W. Young, David W. Young, Radha A. Venkat, Radha A. Venkat, David M. Brown, David M. Brown, Andrea M. Brown, Andrea M. Brown, Rachel L. Oberc, Rachel L. Oberc, Joseph E. Sluz, Joseph E. Sluz, H. Alan Pike, H. Alan Pike, Larry B. Stotts, Larry B. Stotts, "Analysis of link performance for the FOENEX laser communications system", Proc. SPIE 8380, Atmospheric Propagation IX, 838007 (16 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.919928; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.919928
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