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Free-space and underwater GHz data transmission using AlGaInN laser diode technology
Author(s): S. P. Najda; P. Perlin; T. Suski; L. Marona; M. Boćkowski; M. Leszczyński; P. Wisniewski; R. Czernecki; R. Kucharski; G. Targowski; S. Watson; A. E. Kelly
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Paper Abstract

Laser diodes fabricated from the AlGaInN material system is an emerging technology for defence and security applications; in particular for free space laser communication. Conventional underwater communication is done acoustically with very slow data rates, short reach, and vulnurable for interception. AlGaInN blue-green laser diode technology allows the possibility of both airbourne links and underwater telecom that operate at very fast data rates (GHz), long reach (100’s of metres underwater) and can also be quantum encrypted. The latest developments in AlGaInN laser diode technology are reviewed for defence and security applications. The AlGaInN material system allows for laser diodes to be fabricated over a very wide range of wavelengths from u.v., ~380nm, to the visible ~530nm, by tuning the indium content of the laser GaInN quantum well. Ridge waveguide laser diode structures are fabricated to achieve single mode operation with optical powers of <100mW. Visible light communications at high frequency (up to 2.5 Gbit/s) using a directly modulated 422nm Galliumnitride (GaN) blue laser diode is reported in free-space and underwater.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2016
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9833, Atmospheric Propagation XIII, 983309 (13 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2208330
Show Author Affiliations
S. P. Najda, TopGaN Ltd. (Poland)
P. Perlin, TopGaN Ltd (Poland)
Institute of High Pressure Physics (Poland)
T. Suski, Institute of High Pressure Physics (Poland)
L. Marona, Institute of High Pressure Physics (Poland)
M. Boćkowski, TopGaN Ltd. (Poland)
Institute of High Pressure Physics (Poland)
M. Leszczyński, TopGaN Ltd. (Poland)
Institute of High Pressure Physics (Poland)
P. Wisniewski, TopGaN Ltd (Poland)
Institute of High Pressure Physics (Poland)
R. Czernecki, TopGaN Ltd (Poland)
Institute of High Pressure Physics (Poland)
R. Kucharski, Ammono S.A. (Poland)
G. Targowski, TopGaN Ltd. (Poland)
S. Watson, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
A. E. Kelly, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9833:
Atmospheric Propagation XIII
Linda M. Thomas; Earl J. Spillar, Editor(s)

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