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The Effect of Spectral Shape on the Probability of Error in Laser Binary Communication Systems

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2 Author(s)
Gerard Lachs ; Pennsylvania State University University Park, Pa. 16801 ; Neil F. Ruggieri

The effect of spectral bandwidth and spectral shape upon laser binary communication systems is investigated. The probability of error is plotted as a function of bandwidth for Lorentzian and Gaussian shaped spectra. The results show that even when the average noise power and the signal-to-noise ratio are held constant, the probability of error varies considerably as a function of spectral bandwidth.

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IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems  (Volume:AES-9 ,  Issue: 6 )