Experimental analysis of a triple-hop relay-assisted FSO system with turbulence
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This paper outlines experimental investigation of the performance of the wireless optical network based on an all-optical triple-hop free space optical (FSO) communications employing amplify-and-forward relaying under the influence of atmospheric turbulence. We present new results for the bit error rate (BER) performance for seven possible turbulence network scenarios for relay-assisted FSO link and validate them with numerical simulations based on Gamma-Gamma turbulence model showing a good agreement between them. We also show results, which elucidate the impact of non-homogeneous turbulence along the entire transmission link span for the multiple-hop relay-assisted FSO system. More specifically we show that the BER performance considerably deteriorates for the case where turbulence is near to the receiver end. We outline that for a target BER of 10−4 the signal-to-noise ratio penalty can be as high as 9 dB compared to the case with no turbulence.
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