Hybrid Optical RF Airborne Communications
Abbreviated Journal Title
Communication system field trials; free-space optical communications; gigabit communications; hybrid communication; long-range communications; optical turbulence compensation; radio-frequency (RF) communications; Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
The use of hybrid free-space optical (FSO)/radio-frequency (RF) links to provide robust, high-throughput communications, fixed infrastructure links, and their associated networks have been thoroughly investigated for both commercial and military applications. The extension of this paradigm to mobile, long-range networks has long been a desire by the military communications community for multi-gigabit mobile backbone networks. The FSO communications subsystem has historically been the primary limitation. The challenge has been addressing the compensation of propagation effects and dynamic range of the received optical signal. This paper will address the various technologies required to compensate for the effects referenced above. We will outline the effects FSO and RF links experience and how we overcome these degradations. Results from field experiments conducted, including those from the Air Force Research Laboratory
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"Hybrid Optical RF Airborne Communications" (2009). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 2191.