Impact of Pointing Errors on the Performance of Mixed RF/FSO Dual-Hop Transmission Systems

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

IEEE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS LETTERS, vol.2, no.3, pp.351-354, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 2 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/wcl.2013.042313.130138
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.351-354
  • Keywords: Asymmetric dual-hop relay system, pointing errors, mixed RF/FSO systems, CHANNELS, PROBABILITY
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: No


In this work, the performance analysis of a dual-hop relay transmission system composed of asymmetric radiofrequency (RF)/free-space optical (FSO) links with pointing errors is presented. More specifically, we build on the system model presented in [1] to derive new exact closed-form expressions for the cumulative distribution function, probability density function, moment generating function, and moments of the end-to-end signal-to-noise ratio in terms of the Meijer's G function. 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 the ergodic capacity, all in terms of Meijer's G functions. Our new analytical results were also verified via computer-based Monte-Carlo simulation results.