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Comparison between experimental and theoretical probability of fade for free-space optical communications
Author(s): Ammar Al-habash; Kenneth W. Fischer; Carrie Sjaarda Cornish; Kenneth N. Desmet; Janae Nash
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Paper Abstract

Under favorable visibility conditions, scintillation becomes the limiting factor in estimating free space optical (FSO) link availability. In the summer of 2001, Terabeam performed several experiments to characterize the impact of scintillation on FSO products under development. In the experiment, a transmitter and a receiver were placed 1000 and 2600 meters apart and operated with the receiver at several different sized apertures and under diverse atmospheric conditions. The experimental probability of fade is then calculated and compared with two theoretical models, namely the lognormal and the gamma-gamma.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 December 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4873, Optical Wireless Communications V, (6 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.455514
Show Author Affiliations
Ammar Al-habash, Terabeam Corp. (United States)
Kenneth W. Fischer, Terabeam Corp. (United States)
Carrie Sjaarda Cornish, Terabeam Corp. (United States)
Kenneth N. Desmet, Terabeam Corp. (United States)
Janae Nash, Terabeam Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4873:
Optical Wireless Communications V
Eric J. Korevaar, Editor(s)

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