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Mobile free-space optical communications: a feasibility study of various battlefield scenarios
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Paper Abstract

Free Space Optics (FSO) technology was originally envisioned to be a viable solution for the provision of high bandwidth optical connectivity in the last mile of today's telecommunications infrastructure. Due to atmospheric limitations inherent to FSO technology, FSO is now widely envisioned as a solution for the provision of high bandwidth, temporary mobile communications links. The need for FSO communications links will increase as mobility is introduced to this technology. In this paper, a theoretical solution for adding mobility to FSO communication links is introduced. Three-dimensional power estimation studies are presented to represent mobile FSO transmission under various weather conditions. Three wavelengths, 0.85, 1.55 and 10 um, are tested and compared to illustrate the pros and cons of each source wavelength used for transmission, depending on prevalent weather conditions and atmospheric turbulence conditions. A simulation analysis of the transmission properties of the source wavelengths used in the study is shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2012
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8380, Atmospheric Propagation IX, 83800Y (7 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.918728
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Alan Harris, Univ. of North Florida (United States)
Mouhammad K. Al-Akkoumi, The Univ. of Oklahoma (United States)
James J. Sluss, The Univ. of Oklahoma (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8380:
Atmospheric Propagation IX
Linda M. Wasiczko Thomas; Earl J. Spillar, Editor(s)

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