Advances in Optical Wireless Communication: Overcoming Scattering and Turbulence Challenges

A special issue of Photonics (ISSN 2304-6732). This special issue belongs to the section "Optical Communication and Network".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 October 2024 | Viewed by 86

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Wireless Optical Communications Lab., Institute of Telecommunication Research (TELMA), University of Málaga, E-29071 Málaga, Spain
Interests: optical wireless communication systems; multiple-input systems; multiple-output (MIMO) systems; channel modeling; cooperative communications; physical layer security aspects
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue embarks on a pioneering journey into the realm of free-space optical communications and the intricate modeling of optical turbulence and scattering phenomena. As interest in FSO systems has escalated, the need to address the persistent challenges hindering their optimal performance in severe scattering and turbulent conditions has become more urgent. Our mission is to explore the forefront of technological innovation and to overcome its obstacles with ingenuity and determination. To this end, we advocate for the adoption of groundbreaking methodologies, including the development of advanced modulation formats engineered to mitigate inter-symbol interference amidst turbulent environments. Additionally, we champion the deployment of turbulence-resistant laser beams, wavefront sensors endowed with robust capabilities to counteract scintillation effects, and the seamless integration of adaptive optics technologies. Furthermore, the seamless integration of free-space optical communication technologies into the ever-evolving landscape of 5G and beyond wireless networks stands as a paramount challenge. Spanning diverse environments encompassing indoor facilities like data centers, terrestrial networks powering mobile infrastructure, and the expansive realms of space communication (including inter-satellite and ground-to-satellite links, even extending to the depths of underwater sensing domains), this integration demands innovative solutions and strategic approaches. It necessitates a holistic understanding of the unique demands and complexities inherent to each setting, driving us to push the boundaries of technological possibilities and chart a course towards a future where seamless high-speed communication transcends the confines of traditional constraints. This Special Issue cordially invites original manuscripts on, but not limited to, the following:

  • Atmospheric/oceanic turbulence modeling and simulation;
  • Scattering and turbulence mitigation techniques;
  • Fiber-wireless communication systems;
  • Performance analysis and signal processing of advanced FSO systems;
  • Channel capacity analysis;
  • Hybrid underwater OWC/acoustic technology;
  • Modulation, coding, and detection schemes;
  • Relay-assisted technology;
  • Adaptive optics techniques;
  • Orbital angular momentum for FSO communication;
  • Quantum-key distribution techniques.

Dr. Rubén Boluda-Ruiz
Guest Editor

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  • fiber-wireless communication systems
  • hybrid underwater OWC
  • adaptive optics techniques

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