OSA's Digital Library

Journal of Optical Communications and Networking

Journal of Optical Communications and Networking

  • Editors: K. Bergman and V. Chan
  • Vol. 3, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2011
  • pp: 215–222

Adaptive Optimization of a Free Space Laser Communication System Under Dynamic Link Attenuation

Ohad Barsimantov and Vladimir V. Nikulin  »View Author Affiliations


Journal of Optical Communications and Networking, Vol. 3, Issue 3, pp. 215-222 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOCN.3.000215


View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (921 KB)





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

Abstract

Free space laser communication is a potentially attractive technology that can offer intrinsically high data rates and resistance to jamming, and facilitates low probability of interception and low probability of detection (LPI/LPD). However, practical links established in the atmosphere are adversely affected by signal attenuation and dynamic turbulence, which can create spatial and temporal variations in the refractive index. The resulting distortions lead to reduced signal power and increased bit error rate (BER), even over short ranges. To overcome possible signal degradation under adverse conditions, laser communication systems must increase power and reduce the communication bit rate. Under dynamic link attenuation both of these parameters can be tuned to optimize performance. In this paper, we present and compare three methods for optimizing optical link efficiency. The work is based on experiments conducted with a commercially available system, and its scaled-down laboratory prototype. The proposed methods demonstrate different degrees of optimization capabilities under practical operating conditions, but, in general, they maintain the highest possible bit rate at the minimum power consumption, while obtaining an acceptable BER.

© 2011 OSA

OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics

ToC Category:
Research Papers

History
Original Manuscript: July 26, 2010
Revised Manuscript: December 23, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 4, 2011
Published: February 28, 2011

Citation
Ohad Barsimantov and Vladimir V. Nikulin, "Adaptive Optimization of a Free Space Laser Communication System Under Dynamic Link Attenuation," J. Opt. Commun. Netw. 3, 215-222 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/jocn/abstract.cfm?URI=jocn-3-3-215


Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  

References

  1. O. Barsimantov, “Adaptive optimization of a free-space laser communication system under dynamic link attenuation,” M.S. thesis, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY, 2009.
  2. D. A. Rockwell and G. S. Mecherle, Optical Wireless: Low-cost, Broadband, Optical Access, 2003, Richmond, BC, Canada, fSONA Systems Corp., www.fsona.com.
  3. Defining a Common Standard for Evaluating and Comparing Free-Space Optical Products, 2003, Richmond, BC, Canada, fSONA Systems Corp., www.fsona.com.
  4. W. K. Pratt, Laser Communication Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, 1968, pp. 87‒158.
  5. P. Lopresti, H. Refai, and J. Sluss, "Adaptive power and divergence to improve airborne networking and communication," Proc. 24th Digital Avionics System Conf., 2005, Washington, DC, p. 1B1-1-1B1-6.
  6. V. Kukshya and H. Izadpanah, "High-speed optical wireless connectivity—design challenges & performance evaluation," Proc. SPIE 4872, 343‒353 (2002).
  7. S. Arnon and N. S. Kopeika, "Adaptive bandwidth for satellite optical communication," IEE Proc.—Optoelectron. 145(2), 109‒115 (1998). [PubMed]
  8. S. Arnon and N. S. Kopeika, "Adaptive optical transmitter and receiver for space communication through tin clouds," Appl. Opt. 36(9), 1987‒1993 (1997). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  9. D. G. Aviv, Laser Space Communications, Artech House, Norwood, MA, 2006, pp. 15‒43.
  10. S. G. Lambert and W. L. Casey, Laser Communication in Space, Artech House, Boston, MA, 1995, pp. 94‒106.
  11. B. J. Klein and J. J. Degnan, "Optical antenna gain. 1. Transmitting antennas," Appl. Opt. 13(9), 2134‒2141 (1974). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  12. User’s Guide—M and S Series STC Software, fSONA Systems Corp., Richmond, BC, Canada, 2003, www.fsona.com
  13. D. A. Rockwell, Optical Gain and Lasers Presentation, 2003, Richmond, BC, Canada, fSONA Systems Corp., www.fsona.com.
  14. R. M. Gagliardi and S. Karp, Optical Communications, 2nd ed., Wiley Interscience, 1995, pp. 130‒135.
  15. G. P. Agrawal, Fiber-optic Communication Systems, 3rd ed., Wiley Interscience, 2002, pp. 162‒168.
  16. Kperf/Jperf User Docs, Caida, 2003, www.caida.org
  17. Wireshark User’s Guide, 2004, www.wireshark.org
  18. EK2000 – APC LASER DIODE DRIVER KIT – Operation Notes, THORLABS Inc., Newton, NJ, 1999
  19. Electro-Optical Systems S-010-QD—Data Sheet, Electro-Optical Systems Inc., 2004, www.eosystems.com
  20. J. T. Spooner, M. Maggiore, R. Ordonez, and K. M. Passino, Stable Adaptive Control and Estimation for Nonlinear Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 2002, pp. 84‒102.

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited