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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1545–1552

Minimization of outage probability of WiMAX link supported by laser link between a high-altitude platform and a satellite

Shlomi Arnon  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 26, Issue 7, pp. 1545-1552 (2009)

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Various technologies for the implementation of a WiMAX (IEEE802.16) base station on board a high-altitude platform (HAP) are currently being researched. The network configuration under consideration includes a satellite, several HAPs, and subscribers on the ground. The WiMAX base station is positioned on the satellite and connects with the HAP via an analog RF over-laser communication (LC) link. The HAPs house a transparent transponder that converts the optic signal to a WiMAX RF signal and the reverse. The LC system consists of a laser transmitter and an optical receiver that need to be strictly aligned to achieve a line-of-sight link. However, mechanical vibration and electronic noise in the control system challenge the transmitter–receiver alignment and cause pointing errors. The outcome of pointing errors is fading of the received signal, which leads to impaired link performance. In this paper, we derive the value of laser transmitter gain that can minimize the outage probability of the WiMAX link. The results indicate that the optimum value of the laser transmitter gain is not a function of the pointing error statistics.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.4080) Fiber optics and optical communications : Modulation
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: February 10, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 11, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 12, 2009
Published: June 11, 2009

Shlomi Arnon, "Minimization of outage probability of WiMAX link supported by laser link between a high-altitude platform and a satellite," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 26, 1545-1552 (2009)

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