Experimental measurement of atmospheric effects on free-space optics communications in a controlled environment

Ghassemlooy, Zabih, Le Minh, Hoa, Rajbhandari, Sujan, Perez Soler, Joaquin and Ijaz, Muhammad (2010) Experimental measurement of atmospheric effects on free-space optics communications in a controlled environment. In: COST Action IC0802: Propagation tools and data for integrated telecommunications, navigation and earth observation systems, MCM 4, 8 - 9 November, 2010, Erice, Sicily.

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The paper reports the development and experimental results of our laboratory for atmospheric turbulence and variable fog conditions in free space optics (FSO) communications link with different modulation techniques. The controlled fog is generated inside a glass chamber of 5.5 m length and 0.489 m3 using a fog machine and a fan system. For generating the turbulence, hot and cold air is allowed to circulate in and out the chamber regularly. We could quantify the strength of turbulence by experimentally measuring the variance of the received signal intensity and hence determining the Rytov variance. Different modulation formats such as return-to-zero (RZ) and non-return-to-zero (NRZ) on off keying (OOK) signals at different bit rates are tested and evaluated in the FSO link. The link transmittance and Q-factor are obtained simultaneously when the channel conditions are changed so that we could evaluate the varied bit error rate (BER). We calibrate the level of fog using the calculated visibility of the channel thus making the obtained results comparable to the outdoor FSO link performance.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: optical communications, telecommunication
Subjects: H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
H900 Others in Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2010 10:29
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2019 00:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1436

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