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Free-space high-speed laser communication link across the Chesapeake Bay
Author(s): Christopher I. Moore; Harris R. Burris; Michele R. Suite; Mena F. Stell; Michael J. Vilcheck; Mark A. Davis; R. Smith; R. Mahon; William S. Rabinovich; Jeffrey P. Koplow; S. W. Moore; William J. Scharpf; Anne E. Reed
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Paper Abstract

The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has established a free-space laser communication link across 16.2 km of the Chesapeake Bay between the Chesapeake Bay Detachment of NRL and Tilghman Island. The transmitter consists of a modulated 1550 nm oscillator amplified to 2 watts in an erbium doped fiber amplifier developed at NRL. The beam is fiber coupled to a 4 inch collimating lens on a remotely controllable gimbal mount. The beam is transmitted to a retro-reflector array at Tilghman Island and back to the receiver at CBD (32.4 km round trip). The receiver consists of a 16" Meade telescope either directly or fiber coupled to a variety of fast photo-detectors. Experiments have been conducted to study the stability and quality of the link. These include: bit-error rate measurements, probability density functions, power spectrum densities, and angle of arrival measurements of the received signal. Results of these experiments are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 December 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4821, Free-Space Laser Communication and Laser Imaging II, (9 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.451462
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher I. Moore, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Harris R. Burris, Research Support Instruments, Inc. (United States)
Michele R. Suite, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Mena F. Stell, Research Support Instruments, Inc. (United States)
Michael J. Vilcheck, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Mark A. Davis, Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. (United States)
R. Smith, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
R. Mahon, Jaycor/Titan, Inc. (United States)
William S. Rabinovich, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey P. Koplow, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
S. W. Moore, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
William J. Scharpf, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Anne E. Reed, Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4821:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Laser Imaging II
Jennifer C. Ricklin; David G. Voelz, Editor(s)

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