Analysis and evaluation of optimum wavelengths for free-space optical transceivers

E. Leitgeb*, T. Plank, M. S. Awan, P. Brandl, W. Popoola, Z. Ghassemlooy, F. Ozek, M. Wittig

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The objective of this paper is to analyse and present the latest results obtained for free-space optics (FSO) within the EU COST Action IC-0802 and within the European Space Agency (ESA) contract. First, the FSO technology is briefly discussed and some performance evaluation criteria for FSO are provided. Some optical signal propagation experiments through the atmosphere (including the recent investigations in airborne and satellite application for FSO) are also shown. In the main part, considerations on suitability of different optical wavelengths are brought into question. The wavelength selection is dependent on the atmospheric effects and on the availability of receiver and transmitter components. Discussion on the available receiver(s) and transmitter(s) includes the focus on advantages and mainly the costs of the different systems. In the final part, we examine the latest practical results (carried out within the COST Action IC-0802) on modelling of the FSO channel under fog conditions and other atmospheric effects. Additionally, recent results, showing major performance improvement, based on the hybrid system and specific modulation and coding schemes are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 12th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2010
Place of PublicationNEW YORK
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781424477975
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2010
Event2010 12th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2010 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 27 Jun 20101 Jul 2010

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Transparent Optical Networks-ICTON
ISSN (Print)2162-7339


Conference2010 12th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks, ICTON 2010


  • Broadband wireless
  • Free-space optics
  • Last mile access
  • Network architectures
  • Reliability and availability

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