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Channel characterization for air-to-ground free-space optical communication links

Shortt, Kevin and Giggenbach, Dirk and Mata Calvo, Ramon and Moll, Florian and Fuchs, Christian and Schmidt, Christopher and Horwath, Joachim and Yeh, Jack and Selvaraj, Vevek and Banerjee, Ranjoy (2014) Channel characterization for air-to-ground free-space optical communication links. In: Photonics West Conference (ISSN: 1062-3701), 8971, pp. 897108-1. SPIE. Photonics West 2014 - Proc. SPIE 8971, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXVI, 897108, San Francisco, USA. ISBN 9780819498847 ISSN 1062-3701

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Abstract

The next five to ten years will see more and more free-space optical communication systems being put into practical use as technologies and techniques continue to mature, particularly in the area of mobile and satellite-to-ground communications. To meet the increasing demand of these types of systems, it is necessary to gain a deeper understanding of the various atmospheric effects at play in a free-space optical link in an effort to mitigate their impact on operational systems. In that context, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) has conducted a number of field trials between a Dornier 228 aircraft and its ground station in Oberpfaffenhofen, just south of Munich, Germany. These field trials have involved the concurrent measurement of atmospheric turbulence using three different techniques: pupil plane imaging, focus spot imaging and Shack-Hartmann wave-front sensing. To ensure the accurate synchronization of measurements between the three techniques, a concerted effort was made in the selection of computer hardware and the development of image acquisition software. Furthermore, power measurements in up- and downlink have been taken to be further correlated with the 3 primary instruments. It is envisioned that the resulting analysis of these measurements shall contribute to the implementation of new adaptive optics techniques to facilitate various air and space communication links. This paper shall describe the overall experiment design as well as some of the design decisions that led to the final experiment configuration.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/88827/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Channel characterization for air-to-ground free-space optical communication links
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Shortt, Kevinkevin.shortt (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Giggenbach, Dirkdirk.giggenbach (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Mata Calvo, Ramonramon.matacalvo (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Moll, Florianflorian.moll (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Fuchs, Christianchristian.fuchs (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schmidt, Christopherchristopher.schmidt (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Horwath, Joachimjoachim.horwath (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Yeh, JackUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Selvaraj, VevekUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Banerjee, RanjoyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:6 March 2014
Journal or Publication Title:Photonics West Conference (ISSN: 1062-3701)
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:8971
Page Range:pp. 897108-1
Publisher:SPIE
Series Name:Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXVI
ISSN:1062-3701
ISBN:9780819498847
Status:Published
Keywords:atmospheric turbulence Shack-Hartmann wave-front sensing pupil plane focal speckle pattern mobile communications aircraft-to-ground free-space optical communications KNOCGOP
Event Title:Photonics West 2014 - Proc. SPIE 8971, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXVI, 897108
Event Location:San Francisco, USA
Event Type:international Conference
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Communication and Navigation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R KN - Kommunikation und Navigation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Multimedia Satellitennetze
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Communication and Navigation > Satellite Networks
Deposited By: Mata Calvo, Ramon
Deposited On:31 Jul 2014 09:55
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:46

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