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Optical Engineering

Free-space optical communications link at 1550 nm using multiple-quantum-well modulating retroreflectors in a marine environment
Author(s): William S. Rabinovich; Rita Mahon; Harris Rayvon Burris; G. Charmaine Gilbreath; Peter G. Goetz; Christopher I. Moore; M. F. Stell; Michael J. Vilcheck; Jennifer L. Witkowsky; Lee A. Swingen; Michelle R. Suite; Eun S. Oh; J. Koplow
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Paper Abstract

A 1550-nm eye-safe, free-space optical communications link is demonstrated at rates up to 5 Mbits/s over a distance of 2 km in the Chesapeake Bay, using quantum-well-based modulating retroreflectors. Tests are conducted under various atmospheric conditions over a time period of about a year. The experimental and theoretical link budgets are compared and statistical measurements of the effects of scintillation are collected.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Opt. Eng. 44(5) 056001 doi: 10.1117/1.1906230
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 44, Issue 5
Show Author Affiliations
William S. Rabinovich, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Rita Mahon, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Harris Rayvon Burris, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
G. Charmaine Gilbreath, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Peter G. Goetz, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Christopher I. Moore, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
M. F. Stell, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Michael J. Vilcheck, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jennifer L. Witkowsky, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Lee A. Swingen, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Michelle R. Suite, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Eun S. Oh, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
J. Koplow, Naval Research Lab. (United States)


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