Abstract

We describe the use of space and polarization gates in a study of free-space optical communication of a coded pulse train as it passes through turbid media. The propagation of coded signals at 10 GHz through adverse environmental conditions is demonstrated. Polarization and space-gating techniques are used to improve the signal-to-noise ratio and to enhance the information fidelity of high-bit-rate transmitted signals, which shows potential improvement for cloud, fog, and smog applications.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

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