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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 5 — Mar. 2, 2009
  • pp: 3929–3940

Path loss modeling and performance trade-off study for short-range non-line-of-sight ultraviolet communications

Gang Chen, Zhengyuan Xu, Haipeng Ding, and Brian M. Sadler  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 5, pp. 3929-3940 (2009)

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We consider outdoor non-line-of-sight deep ultraviolet (UV) solar blind communications at ranges up to 100 m, with different transmitter and receiver geometries. We propose an empirical channel path loss model, and fit the model based on extensive measurements. We observe range-dependent power decay with a power exponent that varies from 0.4 to 2.4 with varying geometry. We compare with the single scattering model, and show that the single scattering assumption leads to a model that is not accurate for small apex angles. Our model is then used to study fundamental communication system performance trade-offs among transmitted optical power, range, link geometry, data rate, and bit error rate. Both weak and strong solar background radiation scenarios are considered to bound detection performance. These results provide guidelines to system design.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(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: November 30, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 4, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 8, 2009
Published: February 27, 2009

Gang Chen, Zhengyuan Xu, Haipeng Ding, and Brian Sadler, "Path loss modeling and performance trade-off study for short-range non-line-of-sight ultraviolet communications," Opt. Express 17, 3929-3940 (2009)

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