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Characterization of an optical wireless communication channel
Author(s): Pierre R. Barbier; David W. Rush; Penelope Polak-Dingels; David S. Glassner; Geoffrey L. Burdge
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Paper Abstract

We describe four measurement techniques to characterize the performance of an optical wireless channel. The characteristics of each technique are illustrated through experimental measurements. These four techniques include: (1) bit-error rate measurements, (2) measurements of the mean and variance of the received optical power from which the bit- error rate can be estimated, (3) measurements of the fade rate and fade duration histograms of the optical carrier, (4) measurements of the intensity and phase distributions of atmospheric propagated laser beams using a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 January 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3232, Wireless Technologies and Systems: Millimeter-Wave and Optical, (23 January 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.301023
Show Author Affiliations
Pierre R. Barbier, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
David W. Rush, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Penelope Polak-Dingels, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
David S. Glassner, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Geoffrey L. Burdge, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3232:
Wireless Technologies and Systems: Millimeter-Wave and Optical
Paul Christopher; Leland Langston; G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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