Impact of pointing errors on the performance of coherent free-space optical systems

Jaedon Park, Eunju Lee, Chan-Byoung Chae, Giwan Yoon

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In this letter, we investigate the performance of a coherent free-space optical (FSO) communications system considering geometric spread and pointing errors as well as atmospheric turbulence fading and path loss. In particular, we derive the outage probability and average error probability of the coherent FSO system, considering the combined effects of path loss, geometric spread and pointing errors, and amplitude fluctuations and phase aberrations in series representations forms. Numerical and Monte Carlo simulation results confirm the validity of the derived outage probability and average error probability expressions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number23676
Pages (from-to)181-184
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 15


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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