One of the stringent requirements on the receivers of distributed industrial fiber optic systems is fast and accurate adaptive thresholding and a wide dynamic range. This is due to the existence of variable link lengths and geometry, especially in multiple-access situations, coupled with unipolar optical signaling. This paper analyzes the application of a simple spread-spectrum system in such fiber-optic data links. It proposes a detector model that yields a tractable expression for the probability of error. The optimum threshold and the probability of error are then related to the received optical power, bit rate, and spectrum-spreading factor. A procedure is indicated by which, based on the minimum expected received power, a spreading factor and a threshold are chosen to insure a given maximum error rate at all the receivers.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems|
|State||Published - Jul 1980|