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25 May 2005 Atmospheric turbulence studies of a 16 km maritime path
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The Naval Research Lab (NRL) is currently operating a lasercom test facility (LCTF) across the Chesaepeake Bay between NRL's Chesapeake Bay Detachment (NRL-CBD) and NRL-Tilghman Island. This lasercom test facility has successfully demonstrated 32 km retro-reflected links at data rates up to 2.5 Gbps. Along with lasercom link studies, atmospheric characterization of the NRL-CBD to Tilghman Island optical path has been investigated. These studies range from passive optical turbulence monitoring based on angle-of-arrival measurements of a spotlight's apparent motion, to intensity and angle-of-arrival measurements of a retro-reflected laser beam. Currently the LCTF is being upgraded from a retro-reflected link to a direct one-way link from NRL-CBD to NRL-Tilghman Island. Initial measurements of atmospheric turbulence effects in this one-way configuration have recently been performed. Results of these past and current atmospheric turbulence studies are presented.
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Christopher I. Moore, Harris R. Burris, Mena F. Stell, Linda Wasiczko, Michele R. Suite, Rita Mahon, William S. Rabinovich, G. Charmaine Gilbreath, and William J. Scharpf "Atmospheric turbulence studies of a 16 km maritime path", Proc. SPIE 5793, Atmospheric Propagation II, (25 May 2005);

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