19 March 2013 Fading losses on the LCRD free-space optical link due to channel turbulence
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The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will implement an optical communications link between a pair of Earth terminals via an Earth-orbiting satellite relay. Optical turbulence over the communication paths will cause random uctuations, or fading, in the received signal irradiance. In this paper we characterize losses due to fading caused by optical turbulence. We illustrate the performance of a representative relay link, utilizing a channel interleaver and error-correction-code to mitigate fading, and provide a method to quickly determine the link performance.
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Bruce Moision, Bruce Moision, Sabino Piazzolla, Sabino Piazzolla, Jon Hamkins, Jon Hamkins, "Fading losses on the LCRD free-space optical link due to channel turbulence", Proc. SPIE 8610, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXV, 86100Z (19 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2010701; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2010701

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