We analyze the ergodic capacity and e-outage capacity of coherent optical links through the turbulent atmosphere. We consider the effects of log-normal amplitude fluctuations and Gaussian phase fluctuations, in addition to local oscillator shot noise, for both passive receivers and those employing active modal compensation of wavefront phase distortion. We study the effect of various parameters, including the ratio of receiver aperture diameter to wavefront coherence diameter, the strength of the scintillation index, and the number of modes compensated.
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