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Optical wireless: a prognosis
Author(s): Peter P. Smyth; Philip L. Eardley; Kieran T. Dalton; David Roger Wisely; Paul McKee; David Wood
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Paper Abstract

This paper sets out to review the applications for optical free space links in future broadband networks, covering both long (0.5 to 5 km) and short (< 500 m) external as well as internal systems. The fundamental properties of optical systems -- high bandwidth, minimal regulation and potential low cost, together with the challenges of a relatively low power margin and extreme attenuation in heavy fog -- are evaluated in the light of 5 year's research by the authors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1995
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2601, Wireless Data Transmission, (8 December 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.228143
Show Author Affiliations
Peter P. Smyth, BT Labs. (United Kingdom)
Philip L. Eardley, BT Labs. (United Kingdom)
Kieran T. Dalton, BT Labs. (United Kingdom)
David Roger Wisely, BT Labs. (United Kingdom)
Paul McKee, BT Labs. (United Kingdom)
David Wood, BT Labs. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2601:
Wireless Data Transmission
Robert C. Dixon; Modest M. Oprysko, Editor(s)

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