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Free-space optical communication link at 1550 nm using multiple-quantum-well modulating retroreflectors in a marine environment
Author(s): Rita Mahon; Harris R. Burris; William S. Rabinovich; G. Charmaine Gilbreath; Peter G. Goetz; Christopher I. Moore; Timothy J. Meehan; Mena F. Stell; Michael J. Vilcheck; Jennifer L. Witkowsky; Lee Swingen; Michele R. Suite; Eun Oh; Jeffrey P. Koplow
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Paper Abstract

A 1550 nm eye-safe, free-space optical communications link has been demonstrated at rates up to 5 Mbps over a distance of two kilometers in the Chesapeake Bay, using quantum-well-based modulating retro-reflectors. In addition to waveform studies, video and audio transmission has also been carried out, as well as bit error rate measurements. Tests have been conducted under various atmospheric conditions over a time period of eight months.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 January 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5160, Free-Space Laser Communication and Active Laser Illumination III, (27 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.507737
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Rita Mahon, Titan Corp. (United States)
Harris R. Burris, Research Support Instruments, Inc. (United States)
William S. Rabinovich, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
G. Charmaine Gilbreath, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Peter G. Goetz, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Christopher I. Moore, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Timothy J. Meehan, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Mena F. Stell, Research Support Instruments, Inc. (United States)
Michael J. Vilcheck, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jennifer L. Witkowsky, SFA, Inc. (United States)
Lee Swingen, SFA, Inc. (United States)
Michele R. Suite, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Eun Oh, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey P. Koplow, Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5160:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Active Laser Illumination III
David G. Voelz; Jennifer C. Ricklin, Editor(s)

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