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Long-term fading statistics measurements of an atmospheric optical communication channel
Author(s): Penelope Polak-Dingels; Pierre R. Barbier; David W. Rush; Mark L. Plett
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we discuss the results of two experiments for monitoring the performance of optical wireless links. The first experiment is the measurement of the 10-second Bit Error Rate using a commercial transceiver system; the second experiment, which involves hardware assembled at our laboratory, is the measurement of optical power at the receiver at a 1 kHz sampling rate and the subsequent computation of relevant statistics. Both experiments were performed in an urban environment but over different paths with data being collected for several months. The results are compared with visibility measurements taken at local airports and with measurements of the path averaged atmospheric structure constant, Cn2.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 December 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3850, Optical Wireless Communications II, (13 December 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.372822
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Penelope Polak-Dingels, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Pierre R. Barbier, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
David W. Rush, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)
Mark L. Plett, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3850:
Optical Wireless Communications II
Eric J. Korevaar, Editor(s)

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