Background Noise in Optical Communication Systems

Norman S. Kopeika, Joseph Bordogna

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The origin and magnitude of the several kinds of background noise that perturb optical communication receivers are discussed, including background radiation sources viewed directly, radiation reflected from background objects, and radiation scattered by the atmosphere into the receiver field of view. An extensive bibliography on this topic is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1571-1577
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the IEEE
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1970
Externally publishedYes


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