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The influence of environmental parameters on the optimal frequency in a shallow underwater acoustic channel
Author(s): George Zarnescu
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Paper Abstract

In a shallow underwater acoustic channel the delayed replicas of a transmitted signal are mainly due to the interactions with the sea surface and the bottom layer. If a specific underwater region on the globe is considered, for which the sedimentary layer structure is constant across the transmission distance, then the variability of the amplitude-delay profile is determined by daily and seasonal changes of the sound speed profile (SSP) and by weather changes, such as variations of the wind speed. Such a parameter will influence the attenuation at the surface, the noise level and the profile of the sea surface. The temporal variation of the impulse response in a shallow underwater acoustic channel determines the variability of the optimal transmission frequency. If the ways in which the optimal frequency changes can be predicted, then an adaptive analog transceiver can be easily designed for an underwater acoustic modem or it can be found when a communication link has high throughput. In this article it will be highlighted the way in which the amplitude-delay profile is affected by the sound speed profile, wind speed and channel depth and also will be emphasized the changes of the optimal transmission frequency in a configuration, where the transmitter and receiver are placed on the seafloor and the bathymetry profile will be considered flat, having a given composition.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2015
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9258, Advanced Topics in Optoelectronics, Microelectronics, and Nanotechnologies VII, 92582J (20 February 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2072189
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George Zarnescu, Constanta Maritime Univ. (Romania)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9258:
Advanced Topics in Optoelectronics, Microelectronics, and Nanotechnologies VII
Ionica Cristea; Marian Vladescu; Razvan Tamas, Editor(s)

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