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Characterization of time delayed diversity to mitigate fading in atmospheric turbulence channels
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Paper Abstract

Atmospheric turbulence is caused by inhomogeneities in the temperature and pressure of the atmosphere, resulting in random variations of the refractive index. A laser beam propagating through such turbulences experiences random amplitude and phase fluctuations, which can severely degrade the performance of free space optical (FSO) communication systems. In our time delayed diversity (TDD) technique, we transmit twice and take advantage of the fact that propagation along an atmospheric path is statistically uncorrelated with an earlier-time path for a time interval greater than the atmospheric turbulence correlation time. Communications performance is improved because the joint probability of error is less than the probability of error from individual channels. In this paper, we describe the theoretical and experimental analyses of FSO systems implementing this novel scheme in various performance scenarios. Theoretical models and performance of TDD systems are derived and characterized. The experimental performance results obtained under weak turbulence conditions are shown to be in good agreement with the theory. Related system design and implementation issues, such as: atmospheric turbulence statistics, laser beam depolarization, and diversity receiver architecture are also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 September 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5892, Free-Space Laser Communications V, 589215 (12 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.617645
Show Author Affiliations
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. 5892:
Free-Space Laser Communications V
David G. Voelz; Jennifer C. Ricklin, Editor(s)

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