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Applications of laser-induced filaments for optical communication links
Author(s): Alexandru Hening; David Wayne; Mike Lovern; Mark Lasher
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Paper Abstract

Free-space laser communications are subjected to performance degradation when heavy fog or smoke obscures the line of sight (high-loss optical media). On the other hand, it has been demonstrated that laser-induced plasma filaments (LIPF) can propagate for long distances (up to a few kilometers) through clouds and/or turbulent (lossy) atmosphere. Here we propose to use LIPF to improve and/or restore laser communication in adverse, high-loss and/or denied conditions. This work is focused on demonstrating the proof of concept and is dedicated primarily to gaseous, optically transparent media.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9224, Laser Communication and Propagation through the Atmosphere and Oceans III, 92240J (7 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2063559
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Alexandru Hening, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Ctr. Pacific (United States)
David Wayne, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Ctr. Pacific (United States)
Mike Lovern, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Ctr. Pacific (United States)
Mark Lasher, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Ctr. Pacific (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9224:
Laser Communication and Propagation through the Atmosphere and Oceans III
Alexander M. J. van Eijk; Christopher C. Davis; Stephen M. Hammel, Editor(s)

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