Abstract

A mathematical model of the effect of random pointing errors on the mixing efficiency of heterodyne detection is established, and the effect of angle-of-arrival fluctuation on the mixing efficiency of heterodyne detection is investigated. The results show that the average mixing efficiency is significantly affected by the angle-of-arrival fluctuation in the outer scale. The larger the obscuration ratio and receiving aperture of the optical system, the lower the average mixing efficiency is. The closer the value of D/r0 is to 0.79, the closer the bit error rate of heterodyne detection is to 1×109 under weak turbulence.

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