Optical scattering in battlefield obscurants: Analysis of channel spatial, angular and temporal dispersion

Wu Binbin, Brian Marchant, Mohsen Kavehrad

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Free-space optical communication (FSOC) is used to transmit a modulated beam of light through the atmosphere for broadband applications. In recent years, FSOC has played an increasingly important role in providing broadband wireless communications. Fundamental limitations of FSOC arise from the environment through which light propagates. The light signals (photons) transmitted through the battlefield environment will interact with particles of smoke, dust and sand along the propagation path. Photon-particle interaction causes dispersion of the light signals, which has significant effects on signal attenuation. This paper addresses transmitted light signal dispersion (spatial, angular and temporal dispersion) for FSOC operating in a battlefield environment. Correlation between spatial and angular dispersion of the received light signals is investigated. Based on the properties of correlation, for a fog oil type of medium, a receiver with a small field-of-view (FOV) is proposed to receive the communications signal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMilitary Communications Conference, MILCOM 2007
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007
EventMilitary Communications Conference, MILCOM 2007 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Oct 29 2007Oct 31 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings - IEEE Military Communications Conference MILCOM


OtherMilitary Communications Conference, MILCOM 2007
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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