Investigation on the error performance of modulation formats in free-space optical communication links with turbulences

Lok, M. J., Lee, It Ee, Ghassemlooy, Zabih and Chung, G. C. (2016) Investigation on the error performance of modulation formats in free-space optical communication links with turbulences. In: Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks and Digital Signal Processing (CSNDSP). IEEE, Piscataway, pp. 1-6. ISBN 978-1-5090-2526-8

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/CSNDSP.2016.7573977

Abstract

Free-space optical (FSO) communication system has become a popular option in the communication industry. This is due to the increasing demand of high-speed wireless optical links. The common wireless communication technology that is being deployed currently is the radio frequency (RF) technology. However, limited bandwidth and power efficiency are the vulnerabilities in this technology. FSO is then studied and developed to overcome some of the issues. FSO uses light to transmit information through air without any physical medium. It provides a flexible communication system as it is able to reduce power consumption to only half of power needed in radio frequency technology. It is a more preferred alternative compared to radio frequency technology, as it provides stable data transmission especially in the communications between terrestrial buildings. Our study shows that the bit-error-rate (BER) performance of the FSO communication system can be improved by implementation of modulation and signaling formats which is phase shift keying (PSK) in this paper. The lowest achievable BER can be obtained by applying quadrature phase shift keying (QPSK) under weak atmospheric turbulence.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: atmospheric turbulence, Free-space optical (FSO) communication, RF technology, bit-error-rate (BER), modulation and signaling formats
Subjects: H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2016 12:57
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2016 12:57
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/28900

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