A theoretical study was conducted concerning the performance of a degenerate four-wave mixer as an adaptive optical element1 in a line-of-sight optical communication system. Planar phase fronts propagating from a distant optical transceiver were corrupted by Kolmogorov atmospheric turbulence2,3 located between the mixer and the transceiver. The four-wave mixer accepted these perturbed phase fronts and reflected a phase-conjugated4 replica back through the same atmospheric turbulence.

© 1982 Optical Society of America

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