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Optical Engineering

Application of GaAs Lasers and Silicon Avalanche Detectors to Optical Communications
Author(s): B. E. Kincaid; S. Cowen; D. Campbell
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Paper Abstract

Recent advances in the semiconductor laser and photodetector state of the art has led to the development of small low cost, reliable laser transmitter and receiver modules (see Fig. 1). These modules are now being designed into a number of practical communication systems used for a wide variety of applications (see Figs. 2 and 3). These systems have been designed to transmit voice, computer data, and video sivals and offer a number of advantages over previous transmission methods including cost, security, simplicity, bandwidth and licensing requirements. Where atmospheric limitations are either absent or surmountable these optical communication systems offer the communication engineer a viable alternative.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1974
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 13(5) doi: 10.1117/12.7971737
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 13, Issue 5
Show Author Affiliations
B. E. Kincaid, University of California at Santa Barbara (United States)
S. Cowen, University of California at Santa Barbara (United States)
D. Campbell, American Laser Systems, Inc. (United States)


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