We investigate a general scheme of frequency-hopping optical orthogonal codes with a specified distance between adjacent frequency symbols and propose a novel code that allows time blanks between adjacent frequency symbols in code sequences. A time blank represents the absence of frequency symbols in code sequences and makes no interference with frequency components. The insertion of time-blank patterns can provide ample scope to generate much more code sequences than the conventional codes lacking in time-blank patterns, and we show this by constructing an algorithm to generate the proposed code. The performance analysis demonstrates that its performance is superior to that of the conventional codes in terms of the bit error rate. We also derive the upper bound on the proposed code set.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
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