Under Water Optical Wireless Communications Technology for Short and Very Short Ranges

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Abd ElNaser A. Mohamed 1 Ahmed Nabih Zaki Rashed 1,* Amina E. M. El-Nabawy 1

1. Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering Department Faculty of Electronic Engineering, Menouf 32951, Menoufia University, EGYPT

* Corresponding author.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijitcs.2012.05.07

Received: 9 Aug. 2011 / Revised: 4 Dec. 2011 / Accepted: 23 Jan. 2012 / Published: 8 May 2012

Index Terms

Underwater Wireless Communication, Optical Communication, Short range, Very short range, and Performance evaluation


This paper has presented our interest in wireless underwater optical communications. Recent interest in ocean exploration has brought about a desire for developing wireless communication techniques in this challenging environment. Due to its high attenuation in water, a radio frequency (RF) carrier is not the optimum choice. Acoustic techniques have made tremendous progress in establishing wireless underwater links, but they are ultimately limited in bandwidth. In traditional communication systems, constructing a link budget is often relatively straight forward. In the case of underwater optical systems the variations in the optical properties of sea water lead to interesting problems when considering the feasibility and reliability of underwater optical links. The main focus of this paper is to construct an underwater link budget which includes the effects of scattering and absorption of realistic sea water. As well as we have developed the underwater optical wireless communication systems to have shorter ranges, that can provide higher bandwidth (up to several hundred Mbit/sec) communications by the assistant of exciting high brightness blue LED sources, and laser diodes suggest that high speed optical links can be viable for short range application.

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Abd El–Naser A. Mohamed, Ahmed Nabih Zaki Rashed, Amina E. M. El-Nabawy, "Under Water Optical Wireless Communications Technology for Short and Very Short Ranges", International Journal of Information Technology and Computer Science(IJITCS), vol.4, no.5, pp.46-57, 2012. DOI:10.5815/ijitcs.2012.05.07


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