Abstract

The relationships between laser communication system parameters and adaptive optics system parameters are addressed. Improvement in optical signal propagation between space-based receivers and ground-based transmitters is possible with adaptive optics systems that compensate for a few degrees of freedom. Beginning with the relationship between optical signal fade and surge and the atmospheric log-amplitude variance and coupling to expressions that combine adaptive optics systems performance with the reduction in log-amplitude variance, system level examinations of the effects of adaptive optics can be done. Examples are given that show the advantageous reduction in signal fade and surge when adaptive optics are built into the optical system.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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