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Performance of an experimental 8+-km wireless optical link in Tucson, Arizona
Author(s): Howard D. Helms; Marc J. Beacken; Baron B. Brown; Paul D. Davis; Dominick J. Imbesi; Paul R. Gloudemans; Alex Pidwerbetsky; Dennis M. Romain; Daniel Morrison
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Paper Abstract

Experiments were conducted during four days in January and February 2001 at Tucson AZ, to measure the performance of an optical wireless link between two telescopes 8.7 km apart. The transmission rate was OC-3 (155 Mbps) and the maximum total radiated power was 29 dBm. Extreme fluctuations in the received 1550-nm beam were observed, and these occasionally caused error bursts. The error bursts had frequencies (a maximum of 12 per hour) and durations (mostly < 1 sec.) That were low enough to permit data transmission, e.g. via Ethernet TCP/IP. Fluctuations in the power of the 1550-nm received beam were positively correlated with variations in the elevation centroid. No correlations with meteorological measurements were found.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 January 2002
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 4489, Free-Space Laser Communication and Laser Imaging, (22 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.453219
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Howard D. Helms, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Marc J. Beacken, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Baron B. Brown, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Paul D. Davis, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Dominick J. Imbesi, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Paul R. Gloudemans, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Alex Pidwerbetsky, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Dennis M. Romain, Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. (United States)
Daniel Morrison, Rincon Research Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4489:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Laser Imaging
David G. Voelz; Jennifer C. Ricklin, Editor(s)

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