Effect of partial coherence on signal-to-noise ratio performance of free space optical communication system in weak turbulence

Akbucak V., Aymelek G., Yolcu B., Kayam O., Unal O., Gökçe M. C., ...More

OPTICS COMMUNICATIONS, vol.518, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 518
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.optcom.2022.128395
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, Aerospace Database, Chemical Abstracts Core, Communication Abstracts, INSPEC, DIALNET
  • Keywords: Free space optical communication, Partially coherent laser beam, Received optical power, Atmospheric turbulence, Power scintillation, Signal-to-noise ratio, ATMOSPHERIC-TURBULENCE, BEAMS, SCINTILLATIONS, REDUCTION
  • TED University Affiliated: Yes


The effect of source coherence on the average signal-to-noise ratio ((SNR)) performance of free space optical communication (FSOC) systems operating in weak atmospheric turbulence is investigated with the help of the extended Huygens-Fresnel principle. For an FSOC system that uses a partially coherent laser source, first, the received power at the finite-sized receiver aperture is derived. Then, the power scintillation index is evaluated that reflects the aperture averaging. Using these derived optical entities, the variations of (SNR) are examined versus parameters such as the degree of source coherence, wavelength, link distance, source size, structure constant of atmosphere and the receiver aperture radius. Obtained results show that a decrease in the degree of source coherence has a positive effect on (SNR).