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Solar background effects in wireless optical communications
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Paper Abstract

In free-space optical (FSO) communications, conditions may be met when laser links suffer from solar background radiation (SBR). There are four types of such conditions Direct sunlight hitting a photodetector Reflected sunlight (glints) Sunlight scattered by hydrometeors Sunlight scattered by surrounding objects (walls, etc.) Direct sunlight may cause total break of communications (link outage), and thus affect the link availability. However, experiments prove that the sunlight does not cause irreversible degradation of semiconductor photodetectors used in FSO systems. Estimations are made of the link outage periods duration for various types of SBR conditions, also other effects caused by SBR have been considered. Recommendations are presented for the link directivity optimization to avoid (or to minimize the probability of) communication interrupts caused by SBR. A nomographic chart has been developed to forecast periods of time when direct or scattered solar radiation may cause link outage. With this chart, a user in any point of the globe, knowing the link orientation (azimuth and elevation angles), can see when and for how long (if at all) may the link operation be affected by unfavorable SBR conditions, also in many cases it is possible to recommend insignificant modifications in the link orientation causing material improvement in FSO system performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 December 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4873, Optical Wireless Communications V, (6 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.456303
Show Author Affiliations
Vladimir G. Sidorovich, Sunflower Technologies Ltd. (United States)

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

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