The free space optical (FSO) communication systems have attracted significant research and commercial interest in the last few years because of their low installation and operational cost along with their very high performance characteristics. However, for terrestrial FSO links, the optical signal propagates through the atmosphere which exhibits time-varying behaviour that implies variations in the links’ performance. In this study, the authors estimate the performance metrics for terrestrial FSO links which are using the orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) technique with a quadrature amplitude modulation scheme over turbulence channels.
- turbulence channels
- quadrature amplitude modulation