Investigation of solar noise impact on the performance of underwater wireless optical communication links

Type Article
Date 2016-10
Language English
Author(s) Hamza Tasnim1, 2, Khalighi Mohammad-Ali1, Bourennane Salah1, Leon Pierre2, Opderbecke Jan2
Affiliation(s) 1 : Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS, Cent Marseille, Inst Fresnel, Marseille, France.
2 : IFREMER, Res Inst, La Seyne Sur Mer, France.
Source Optics Express (1094-4087) (Optical Soc Amer), 2016-10 , Vol. 24 , N. 22 , P. 25832-25845
DOI 10.1364/OE.24.025832
WOS© Times Cited 46
Abstract We investigate the effect of environmental noise, caused by solar radiations under water, on the performance of underwater wireless optical communication (UWOC) systems. Presenting an analytical and generic model for this noise, we examine its impact on the link performance in terms of the bit error rate (BER). This study is conducted for different photo-detector types in the aim of highlighting practical limitations of establishing UWOC links in the presence of subsea solar noise. We show how the solar noise can impact the performance of UWOC links for relatively low operation depths. The results we present provide valuable insight for the design of UWOC links, which are likely to be established at relatively low depths. They can be exploited not only for the purpose of practical UWOC system deployment but also for in-pool experimental set-ups, since they elucidate the effect of ambient light on the measurements.
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