Abstract

The limitations imposed by Mie scattering and atmospheric-induced beam scintillations on a direct line-of-sight optical link were investigated at 632.8 nm. The experimental investigations were carried out in Kuwait during the summer season when the local climate is characterized by high daily temperatures and frequent dust storms. Beam attenuation and scintillation data coupled with climatological data indicated that an unacceptably high level of system outages would occur in local climatic conditions for atmospheric optical links longer than 3 km.

© 1982 Optical Society of America

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