Transmission analysis of CPolM-based OFDM FSO system in atmospheric turbulence

Yuwei Su*, Fan Bai, Takuro Sato

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In this paper, we propose to implement a consecutive polarization modulation (CPolM) scheme to transmit orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) signal over the turbulent free-space optical (FSO) links. We analyze the fluctuation of polarization states of an optical wave while propagating through the turbulence channel of which the refractive-index property is described by Kolmogorov spectrum. The transmission performance in terms of signal-to-noise-ratio (SNR), symbol-error-ratio (SER) and outage probability of the proposed system are evaluated. The proposed system provides a more efficient way to compensate scintillation effects in a comparison with the intensity modulation (IM) based OFDM FSO system under a varying degrees of turbulence strength regimes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-119
Number of pages9
JournalOptics Communications
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 15


  • Atmospheric turbulence
  • Consecutive polarization modulation (CPolM)
  • Free-space optical (FSO)
  • Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)
  • Polarization state

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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