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Introduction to free space optical (FSO) communications

Introduction to free space optical (FSO) communications

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The demand for high bandwidth and secure communication is increasing. Free space optical (FSO) wireless communications technology could be one possible alternative option to the RF technologies that can be adopted in certain applications to unlock the bandwidth bottleneck issue, specifically in the last mile access networks, between mobile base stations in RF cellular wireless networks, and for radio over fiber; and over the last decade, we have seen growing research and development activities in FSO communications in the field of high data rate wireless technology applications as well as the emergence of commercial systems.

Chapter Contents:

  • 1.1 Introduction
  • 1.2 Free space optics
  • 1.3 FSO applications
  • 1.4 Key features and advantageous
  • 1.5 FSO networks
  • 1.6 Factors affecting FSO systems
  • 1.7 FSO link reliability
  • References

Inspec keywords: free-space optical communication

Other keywords: communications link reliability; last mile access networks; radio over optical fiber; line-of-sight trans- mission; FSO communication; free space optical communications; RF cellular wireless network; mobile base station communications; high data rate wireless technology

Subjects: Free-space optical links

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