25 September 2013 Multifractality and the effect of turbulence on the chaotic dynamics of a HeNe laser
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We propose the use of multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis (MF-DFA) to measure the influence of atmospheric turbulence on the chaotic dynamics of a HeNe laser. Fit ranges for MF-DFA are obtained with goodness of linear fit (GoLF) criterion. The chaotic behavior is generated by means of a simple interferometric setup with a feedback to the cavity of the gas laser. Such dynamics have been studied in the past and modeled as a function of the feedback level. Different intensities of isotropic turbulence have been generated with a turbulator device, allowing a structure constant for the index of refraction of air adjustable by means of a temperature difference parameter in the unit. Considering the recent interest in message encryption with this kind of setups, the study of atmospheric turbulence effects plays a key role in the field of secure laser communication through the atmosphere. In principle, different intensities of turbulence may be interpreted as different levels of white noise on the original chaotic series. These results can be of utility for performance optimization in chaotic free-space laser communication systems.
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Damián Gulich, Luciano Zunino, Darío Pérez, Mario Garavaglia, "Multifractality and the effect of turbulence on the chaotic dynamics of a HeNe laser", Proc. SPIE 8874, Laser Communication and Propagation through the Atmosphere and Oceans II, 88740J (25 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2023708; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2023708
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