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Demonstration of high-data-rate wavelength division multiplexed transmission over a 150-km free space optical link
Author(s): David W. Young; Joseph E. Sluz; Juan C. Juarez; Marc B. Airola; Raymond M. Sova; Harry Hurt; Malcolm Northcott; John Phillips; Andy McClaren; Don Driver; David Abelson; James Foshee
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Paper Abstract

A 150 km free-space optical (FSO) communication link between Maui (Haleakala) and Hawaii (Mauna Loa) was demonstrated by JHU/APL and AOptix Technologies, Inc. in September 2006. Over a 5 day period, multiple configurations including single channel 2.5 Gbps transmission, single channel 10 Gbps, and four wavelength division multiplexed (WDM) 10 Gbps channels for an aggregate data rate of 40 Gbps were demonstrated. Links at data rates from 10 to 40 Gb/s were run in excess of 3 contiguous hours. Data on the received power, frame synchronization losses, and bit error rate were recorded. This paper will report on the data transfer performance (bit error rates, frame synchronization issues) of this link over a 5 day period. A micropulse lidar was run concurrently, and on a parallel path with the FSO link, recording data on scattering loss and visibility. Comparisons between the state of the link due to weather and the data transfer performance will be described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6578, Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2007, 65780R (2 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.722151
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David W. Young, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Joseph E. Sluz, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Juan C. Juarez, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Marc B. Airola, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Raymond M. Sova, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Harry Hurt, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab. (United States)
Malcolm Northcott, AOptix Technologies, Inc. (United States)
John Phillips, AOptix Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Andy McClaren, AOptix Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Don Driver, AOptix Technologies, Inc. (United States)
David Abelson, AOptix Technologies, Inc. (United States)
James Foshee, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6578:
Defense Transformation and Net-Centric Systems 2007
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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