On the Performance of Mixed RF/FSO Dual-Hop Transmission Systems

Ansari I. S., Yilmaz F., Alouini M.

77th IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC), Dresden, Germany, 2 - 05 June 2013 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/vtcspring.2013.6692668
  • City: Dresden
  • Country: Germany
  • Keywords: Asymmetric dual-hop relay system, optical wireless communications, free-space optical (FSO) communications, Mixed radio frequency (RF)/FSO systems, binary modulation schemes, bit-error rate (BER), symbol error rate (SER), amount of fading (AF), Meijer's G function, SPACE OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS, PROBABILITY, BOUNDS
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


In this work, the performance analysis of a dual-hop relay transmission system composed of asymmetric radio-frequency (RF)/free-space optical (FSO) links is presented. This work is based on the fact that FSO links are cost-effective, license-free and can provide even higher bandwidths compared to the traditional RF links. More specifically, in this work, we build on the cumulative distribution function presented in [1] to derive new exact closed-form expressions for the probability density function, moment generating function, and moments of the end-to-end signal-to-noise ratio. We then capitalize on these results to offer new exact closed-form expressions for the higher-order amount of fading, average error rate for binary and M-ary modulation schemes, and ergodic capacity, all in terms of Meijer's G functions. Our new analytical results were also verified via computer-based Monte-Carlo simulation results.