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H. Henniger, O. Wilfert [references] [full-text]
An Introduction to Free-space Optical Communications

Over the last two decades free-space optical communication (FSO) has become more and more interesting as an adjunct or alternative to radio frequency communication. This article gives an overview of the challenges a system designer has to consider while implementing an FSO system. Typical gains and losses along the path from the transmitter through the medium to the receiver are introduced in this article. Detailed discussions of these topics can be found in this special issue of the Radioengineering Journal.

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Keywords: Free-space optical communications, link budget, turbulence, fading.

M. S. Awan, E. Leitgeb, Marzuki, T. Plank [references] [full-text]
A Study of Fog Characteristics using Free-Space Optical Wireless Links

A technique for modeling the fog droplet size distributions using modified gamma distribution has been demonstrated by considering two separate radiation fog events recorded in Graz (Austria) and Prague (Czech Republic). The measurement of liquid water content (LWC) and the optical attenuations at visible wavelength are used to form equations to obtain the three parameters of the modified gamma distribution i.e., the slope (Λ), the intercept (N0 ) and the shape parameter (m). Calculated attenuation or LWC from the retrieved parameters are in excellent agreement with attenuation or LWC obtained from the measurement. Hence this method is useful in the study of fog microphysics and in modeling the fog attenuations for terrestrial FSO links in situations when our measurement data contains values of attenuations only, or liquid water content only or both at a particular location. For the two case studies, Graz and Prague, we obtained the DSD parameters Λ=3.547 ± 1.935, N0 =3.834 ± 2.239, m=6.135 ± 2.692 and Λ=5.882 ± 2.889, N0 =13.41 ± 3.875, m=5.288 ± 3.113, respectively. It is evident that the observed behavior of computed modified gamma distribution parameters for Graz and Prague is closely the same and is consistent with the previous literature for the radiation (continental) fog. Moreover, we observed the variation of the computed DSD parameters at the different stages of fog (formation, maturity and dissipation phases) indicating different microphysical processes at each stage.

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Keywords: Free-space optics, optical attenuations, continental fog, droplet size distribution, modeling

F. Nadeem, E. Leitgeb [references] [full-text]
Dense Maritime Fog Attenuation Prediction from Measured Visibility Data

The benefits of Free Space Optics (FSO) motivate to use it for future high data rate demanding communication applications. However, widespread growth of the technology has been hampered by reduced availability due to weather influences on the link. The fog has been analyzed as the most detrimental for FSO communication. There are some models that predict fog attenuation in terms of visibility. These models are compared with measured attenuation data of dense maritime fog. The comparison has been in terms of Sum of Square Error (SSE) and Root Mean Square Error (RMSE). A new model has been proposed that gives the least SSE and RMSE for the measured data.

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Keywords: FSO, Attenuation, Simulation, Fog, Model comparison

S. S. Muhammad, M. S. Awan, A. Rehman [references] [full-text]
PDF Estimation and Liquid Water Content Based Attenuation Modeling for Fog in Terrestrial FSO Links

Terrestrial Free-space optical communication (FSO) links have yet to achieve a mass market success due to the ever elusive 99.999% availability requirement. The terrestrial FSO links are heavily affected by atmospheric fog. To design systems which can achieve high availability and reliability in the presence of fog, accurate and better models of fog attenuation need to be developed. The current article puts forth appropriate probability density function estimates for received signal strength (hereafter RSS) under fog conditions, where variations in the RSS during foggy events have been statistically characterized. Moreover, from the surface observations of fog density, liquid water content (hereafter LWC) of fog is estimated. The actual measured optical attenuations are then compared with the optical attenuations estimated from LWC. The results presented suggest that fog density measurements carried out are accurate representation of the fog intensity and the attenuation predictions obtained by the LWC estimate match the actual measured optical attenuations. This suggests that the LWC is a useful parameter besides visibility range to predict optical attenuations in the presence of hydrometeors.

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Keywords: Free Space Optics (FSO), Fog Modeling, Probability Density Function (PDF), Liquid Water Content (LWC), Drop Size Distribution (DSD)

J. Pesek, O. Fiser, J. Svoboda, V. Schejbal [references] [full-text]
Modeling of 830 nm FSO Link Attenuation in Fog or Wind Turbulence

This study is focused on the experimental research of the atmosphere impact on FSO link attenuation. Experiment is performed on a mountain observatory Milesovka of severe weather conditions. The empirical relationships on 830 nm only between FSO attenuation A on one hand and atmospheric visibility V or wind turbulent energy ET on the other hand are presented and discussed. In the fog case it was found A= 401.4V-0.5738- 1.462 dB/60m (V in meters) while for the attenuation due to the wind turbulence ET it holds A = 2.112 - 2.213 exp(-0.2867ET) dB/60m (ET in m2s-2, it was derived for 830 nm wave length). A discussion concerning problems of the “clear air attenuation,” atmospheric turbulences and sun shine impact, which was observed as a maximum 2 dB attenuation for a few minutes with a period of 24 hours is added.

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Keywords: Free Space Optics propagation, fog attenuation, wind turbulence attenuation, turbulent energy

G. Soysal, M. Efe [references] [full-text]
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In free-space optical communication between mobile terminals relative motion of the terminals requires an active mechanism to maintain optical alignment between the stations. Cooperative optical beam tracking could be used to address this problem. In this alignment scheme, each station tracks the arrival direction of its impinging beam to employ it as a guide to precisely point its own beam toward the opposite station. Tracking is achieved at each station by a quadrant photodetector which generates simultaneous azimuth and elevation error voltages. In this study a Kalman filtering assisted cooperative optical beam tracking has been proposed and its suitability to cooperative beam tracking is discussed. In this method, Kalman filter is employed to predict the alignment error that is used to produce appropriate control signals for re-alignment. Performance of the proposed method has been demonstrated through simulations.

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The accessible probability of a low-orbit satellite from ground is estimated by using images taken by a meteorological satellite and by analyzing visible passes of the satellite. The study indicates that the blockage by clouds in satellite-ground laser communications is almost avoidable by properly distributing several optical ground stations. For the calculation, we use an orbit information of a low-earth orbit satellite, the Optical Inter-orbit Communications Engineering Test Satellite (OICETS), as the counterpart of the optical ground stations. The calculation of the cumulative accessible probability shows the required time to achieve over 99% accessibility between the low orbit satellite and the optical ground stations.

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V. Kvicera, M. Grabner, O. Fiser [references] [full-text]
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Results of a propagation study on a free space optical link at 850 nm on a path 853 meters long and on a parallel 58 GHz radio link obtained over a 3-year period of observation are presented. The cumulative distributions of attenuation due to all of the hydrometeors combined as well as due to individual hydrometeors were obtained for both paths. The availability performances of the FSO link, the RF link and the simulated hybrid FSO/RF system were assessed. Significantly higher availability performance was achieved for the simulated hybrid FSO/RF system than for the FSO link alone. The diversity improvement factor reached significant values for attenuation greater than 5 dB and a significant diversity gain was obtained for the percentages of time smaller than 2%.

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F. Nadeem, S. Chessa, E. Leitgeb, S. Zaman [references] [full-text]
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The increased interest in long lasting wireless sensor networks motivates to use Free Space Optics (FSO) link along with radio frequency (RF) link for communication. Earlier results show that RF/FSO wireless sensor networks have life time twice as long as RF only wireless sensor networks. However, for terrestrial applications, the effect of weather conditions such as fog, rain or snow on optical wireless communication link is major concern, that should be taken into account in the performance analysis. In this paper, life time performance of hybrid wireless sensor networks is compared to wireless sensor networks using RF only for terrestrial applications and weather effects of fog, rain and snow. The results show that combined hybrid network with three threshold scheme can provide efficient power consumption of 6548 seconds, 2118 seconds and 360 seconds for measured fog, snow and rain events respectively resulting in approximately twice of the life time with only RF link.

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This paper presents a channel-adaptive video streaming scheme which adjusts video bit rate according to channel conditions and transmits video through a hybrid RF/free space optical (FSO) laser communication system. The design criteria of the FSO link for video transmission to 2.9 km distance have been given and adaptive bit rate video streaming according to the varying channel state over this link has been studied. It has been shown that the proposed structure is suitable for uninterrupted transmission of videos over the hybrid wireless network with reduced packet delays and losses even when the received power is decreased due to weather conditions.

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T. Drizdal, P. Togni, L. Visek, J. Vrba [references] [full-text]
Comparison of Constant and Temperature Dependent Blood Perfusion in Temperature Prediction for Superficial Hyperthermia

The purpose of this study was to determine whether prediction of the 3D temperature profile for superficial hyperthermia using constant blood perfusion model could be matched to one with a temperature dependent blood perfusion. We compared three different constant blood perfusion scenarios with one temperature dependent blood perfusion using a layered model of biological tissue consisting of skin (2 mm), fat (10 mm) and muscle (108 mm). For all four scenarios the maximum temperature of 43 °C was found in the muscle tissue in the close proximity (1 – 3 mm) of fat layer. Cumulative histograms of temperature versus volume were identical for the region of 100x100x40 mm3 under the applicator aperture for the three constant blood perfusion models. For temperature dependent blood perfusion model, 85 % of the studied region was covered with the temperature equal or higher than 40 °C in comparison with 43 % for the constant blood perfusion models. Hence this study demonstrates that constant blood perfusion scenarios cannot be matched to one with a temperature dependent blood perfusion.

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J. Puskely, Z. Novacek [references] [full-text]
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A current/voltage-mode third-order quadrature oscillator based on current differencing transconductance amplifiers (CDTAs) is presented in this paper. Outputs of two current-mode and two voltage-mode sinusoids each with 90o phase difference are available in the quadrature oscillator circuit. The oscillation condition and oscillation frequency are independently controllable. The proposed circuit employs only grounded capacitors and is ideal for integration. Simulation results are included to confirm the theoretical analysis.

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The paper deals with the first part of results of the Czech Science Foundation research project that was aimed into the simulation and measurement of the transmission distortions of the digital terrestrial television according to DVB-T/H standards. In this part the modulator performance characteristics and its simulation and laboratory measurements are presented with focus on typical DVB-T/H broadcasting scenario – large SFN network for fixed reception. The paper deals with the COFDM modulator imperfections and I/Q errors influence on the DVB-T/H signals and the related I/Q constellation analysis. Impact of the modulator imperfections on Modulation Error Rate from I/Q constellation and Bit Error Rates before and after Viterbi decoding in DVB-T/H signal decoding are evaluated and discussed.

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C. Tao, J. Qiu, L. Liu [references] [full-text]
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Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) is well-known as a high-bit-rate transmission technique, but the Doppler frequency offset due to the high speed movement destroys the orthogonality of the subcarriers resulting in the intercarrier interference (ICI), and degrades the performance of the system at the same time. In this paper a novel OFDM channel estimation algorithm with ICI mitigation based on the ICI self-cancellation scheme is proposed. With this method, a more accurate channel estimation is obtained by comb-type double pilots and then ICI coefficients can be obtained to mitigate the ICI on each subcarrier under the assumption that the channel impulse response (CIR) varies in a linear fashion. The theoretical analysis and simulation results show that the bit error rate (BER) and spectral efficiency performances are improved significantly under high-speed mobility conditions (350 km/h – 500 km/h) in comparison to ZHAO’s ICI self-cancellation scheme.

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M. R. Islam, J. Kim [references] [full-text]
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An improved Quasi Cyclic Low Density Parity Check code (QC-LDPC) is proposed to reduce the complexity of the Low Density Parity Check code (LDPC) while obtaining the similar performance. The proposed QC-LDPC presents an improved construction at high SNR with circulant sub-matrices. The proposed construction yields a performance gain of about 1 dB at a 0.0003 bit error rate (BER) and it is tested on 4 different decoding algorithms. Proposed QC-LDPC is compared with the existing QC-LDPC and the simulation results show that the proposed approach outperforms the existing one at high SNR. Simulations are also performed varying the number of horizontal sub matrices and the results show that the parity check matrix with smaller horizontal concatenation shows better performance.

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Keywords: RFID, privacy, anonymity, cryptography, authentication, smartcards

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