Abstract

An optical communication link performance between the ground and a geostationary satellite can be impaired by scintillation, beam wandering, and beam spreading due to its propagation through atmospheric turbulence. These effects on the link performance can be mitigated by tracking and error correction codes coupled with interleaving. Precise numerical tools capable of describing the irradiance fluctuations statistically and of creating an irradiance time series are needed to characterize the benefits of these techniques and optimize them. The wave optics propagation methods have proven their capability of modeling the effects of atmospheric turbulence on a beam, but these are known to be computationally intensive. We present an analytical-numerical model which provides good results on the probability density functions of irradiance fluctuations as well as a time series with an important saving of time and computational resources.

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