Analysis of dispersion effect on a NRZ-OOK terrestrial free-space optical transmission system
© The Author(s) 2016
Received: 26 May 2016
Accepted: 7 October 2016
Published: 17 October 2016
The Erratum to this article has been published in Journal of the European Optical Society-Rapid Publications 2017 13:6
In this paper, the impact of the dispersion effect, due to atmospheric pressure and temperature, on NRZ-OOK terrestrial free-space optical transmission system is investigated. An expression for the dispersion parameter in FSO atmospheric channel is derived.
The results show that the variation of the refractive index along the transmission path induces fluctuations of group velocity dispersion of the optical pulse resulting in broadening of the pulse duration. Simulation results show that at a propagation distance of 7.5 km, the broadening ratio for input pulse duration of 300 fs is approximately 2.39. Further, at a propagation distance of 7.5 km, the remaining fraction of energy is approximately 40 % for a 300 fs input pulse duration. However, by increasing the transmitter input power, the effect of dispersion could be reduced. Namely, for a reference BER of 10-9, the maximum distance that it could be achieved is about 1.461 km for an input power of 1 mW, while it is about 2.694 km for an input power of 4 mW.
The results indicate that the effect of dispersion resulting from pressure and temperature increases with the propagation distance, which induces a high BER. However, the results show that it is possible to reach longer propagation distances with a lower BER by increasing the input power.
KeywordsDispersion Pulse broadening ratio NRZ-OOK BER FSO
Recently, free space optical communication technology has attracted much research because it has been successfully used in various applications such as satellite communication, deep-space probes and terrestrial communication. The free space optical communication offers remarkable advantages over the radio waves transmission, namely; high data transmission, unlicensed transmission, reduced interference and high security. Further, the capacity of FSO communication system has been successfully increased in recent years. In particular, an optical time division multiplexing system operating at 1.28 Tbit/s data transmission over a single-mode channel has been established . According to , through free-space optical wireless systems, up to 2.5 Gbit/s of data, voice and video communications can be transmitted. FSO communication provides line of sight (LOS) communication thanks to its narrow transmit beamwidth and works in visible and IR spectrum. Furthermore, FSO communication systems are classified into terrestrial and space optical links which include building-to-building, ground-to-satellite, satellite-to-ground, satellite-to-satellite and satellite-to-airborne platforms (see [3, 4, 5]). Typical terrestrial communication wavelengths such as 808, 1064 or 1550 nm are applicable because they fall within the atmospheric transmission window in the absorption spectrum. As a result, the atmospheric loss due to absorption for these wavelengths turns out to be negligible as noted in [6, 7]. However, and due the variation of the atmospheric pressure and temperature, the refractive index undergoes random fluctuations along the transmission path. This induces fluctuations of group velocity dispersion of the optical pulse, and results in either, broadening or compressing the pulse duration. The Pulse broadening limits the bit rate of optical link, and induces inter-symbol interference between adjacent pulses, which increases, bit error rate of the free space optical communication system.
In this paper, we propose an analytical expression for temporal pulse broadening, and we investigate the effects of atmospheric pressure and temperature on temporal broadening and study the effect of atmospheric dispersion on NRZ-OOK terrestrial free-space optical transmission system. The paper is organized as follows. In Theoretical analysis section, we present the Theoretical analysis needed for the study. In Results and discussions section, we discuss and analyze the obtained results. Conclusion section concludes the paper.
β 2 is the group velocity dispersion (GVD), is known to be the primary source of pulse broadening . The frequency dependence of the group velocity results in pulse broadening because different spectral components of the pulse disperse during propagation due to frequency chirps generated by the GVD induced phase shift.
Transmission Wavelength (λ)
Transmitter power (P t )
Optical Efficiency of Transmitter τt
Optical Efficiency of Receiver τr
Full transmitting divergence angle θ
Electron Charge (q)
1.6 × 10−19 C
PIN Load Resistance (R)
Boltzmann Constant (k)
1.38 × 10−23 J.k
Dark Current (Id)
Results and discussions
The effect of dispersion due to atmospheric pressure and temperature on a terrestrial free-space optical communication system is semi-analytically analyzed. A general expression for the medium dispersion coefficient due to pressure and temperature is derived. It is clear that the dispersion effect due to pressure and temperature increases with the propagation distance. At a propagation distance of 7.5 km, the remaining fraction of energy is approximately 40 % for a 300 fs input pulse. Further, performance results show that the dispersion induced pulse broadening limits the link distance and induces high BER. However, by increasing the transmitter input power, the effect of dispersion could be reduced and therefore it would be possible to achieve longer propagation distance with significant lower BER.
The authors would like to extend their special thanks and appreciations to the Al Akhawayen University and Moulay Ismail University, Morroco for supporting this work.
MB and FMA participated in the development of the mathematical model andcarried out the simulation. MB and FMA, MS, FC and AB contributed in the analysis of the results. All authors helped to draft the manuscript. All authors have read and approved the final manuscript.
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
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