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Studies of pointing, acquisition, and tracking of agile optical wireless transceivers for free-space optical communication networks
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Paper Abstract

Free space, dynamic, optical wireless communications will require topology control for optimization of network performance. Such networks may need to be configured for bi- or multiple-connectedness, reliability and quality-of-service. Topology control involves the introduction of new links and/or nodes into the network to achieve such performance objectives through autonomous reconfiguration as well as precise pointing, acquisition, tracking, and steering of laser beams. Reconfiguration may be required because of link degradation resulting from obscuration or node loss. As a result, the optical transceivers may need to be re-directed to new or existing nodes within the network and tracked on moving nodes. The redirection of transceivers may require operation over a whole sphere, so that small-angle beam steering techniques cannot be applied. In this context, we are studying the performance of optical wireless links using lightweight, bi-static transceivers mounted on high-performance stepping motor driven stages. These motors provide an angular resolution of 0.00072 degree at up to 80,000 steps per second. This paper focuses on the performance characteristics of these agile transceivers for pointing, acquisition, and tracking (PAT), including the influence of acceleration/deceleration time, motor angular speed, and angular re-adjustment, on latency and packet loss in small free space optical (FSO) wireless test networks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 February 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5237, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems VI, (6 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.511373
Show Author Affiliations
Tzung-Hsien Ho, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Sugianto Trisno, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Igor I Smolyaninov, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Stuart D Milner, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Christopher C Davis, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5237:
Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems VI
John D. Gonglewski; Karin Stein, Editor(s)

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