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Link Reliability Improvement for Optical Wireless Communication Systems With Temporal-Domain Diversity Reception

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3 Author(s)
Kwok, C.H. ; Univ. of Cambridge, Cambridge ; Penty, R.V. ; White, I.H.

We experimentally demonstrate a simple temporal- domain diversity reception (TD-DR) scheme to enhance the reliability of optical wireless transmission links corrupted by atmospheric turbulence (AT) effects. Both nonreturn-to-zero and Manchester encoded on-off-keying modulation schemes are studied in laboratory environments at a 1.25-Gb/s data rate. AT effects are emulated as a slowly varying log-normal intensity variation for the received signal. System bit-error ratio is tracked for the performance evaluation, and results show that the outage probability due to the AT-induced intensity fluctuation for a 1.25-Gb/s link using Manchester coding is reduced from 3.2%plusmn0.1% to <0.1%, when the TD-DR is employed.

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 9 )