Dual Amplitude-Width PPM for Free Space Optical Systems

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Mehdi Rouissat 1,* Riad .A Borsali 1 Mohammed Chick-Bled 1

1. Laboratory of Telecommunications Of Tlemcen (LTT) Dept Electronic, Faculty of thechnology Abou Bekr Belkaid University, PB 119 Tlemcen, Algeria

* Corresponding author.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijitcs.2012.03.07

Received: 10 May 2011 / Revised: 24 Aug. 2011 / Accepted: 8 Oct. 2011 / Published: 8 Apr. 2012

Index Terms

PPM, PAM, PWM, DAWPPM, data rate, power requirements and bandwidth efficiency


The PPM (Pulse Position Modulation) is commonly used in Free Space Optic (FSO) systems owing to its power efficiency, but it shows a rapid decline in spectral efficiency with increase in the power efficiency and moderate data rate. In order to improve these two parameters, we present a modified modulation scheme of the existing PPM, on the basis of PPM, PAM (Pulse Amplitude Modulation) and PWM (Pulse Width Modulation). This modified version called DAWPPM (Dual Amplitude-Width PPM).
The average power requirements, bandwidth efficiency and normalized data rate are studied after introducing symbol structure. The proposed scheme shows an improvement in terms of data rate and bandwidth efficiency, and when in come to power efficiency it shows lower efficiency compared to PPM. We present theoretical expressions of data rate, spectral efficiency, and normalized power requirements, and we present comparison results to PPM modulation scheme.

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Mehdi Rouissat, Riad A. Borsali, Mohammed Chick-Bled, "Dual Amplitude-Width PPM for Free Space Optical Systems", International Journal of Information Technology and Computer Science(IJITCS), vol.4, no.3, pp.45-50, 2012. DOI:10.5815/ijitcs.2012.03.07


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