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A new approach for FSO communication and sensing
Author(s): H. John Caulfield
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Paper Abstract

Atmospheric effects can be devastating in FSO (Free Space Optics). The major ones are scintillation and beam wander. Often acquisition and tracking of the source is extremely difficult as well. Active optics is widely used to combat this problem. Passive optics using a modulated retrofreflector has proved much easier and possibly more effective, but the double pass through the atmosphere effectively doubles the attenuation coefficient, making it less attractive for long distances. We suggest here a system with the best features of both - one-way path with passive compensation. It uses a special, large, low-cost reflective diffuser screen with designer choice of illumination geometry and viewing direction and field of view. Essentially 100% of the incident light is scattered diffusely into that field of view. The limitations this poses on signal bandwidth and the advantages it offers in terms of acquisition, scintillation, beam wander, radiometric efficiency are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 2004
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 5550, Free-Space Laser Communications IV, (20 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.547896
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H. John Caulfield, Diversified Research Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5550:
Free-Space Laser Communications IV
Jennifer C. Ricklin; David G. Voelz, Editor(s)

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