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Free space optical communications research at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
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Paper Abstract

Free space optical (FSO) communication has enjoyed a renewal of interest in the past decade driven by increasing data rate requirements and decreasing amounts of radio frequency spectrum. These needs exist in both the commercial and military sectors. However military communications requirements differ in other ways. At the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) we have been conducting research on FSO communications for over ten years with an emphasis on tactical applications. NRL's FSO research has covered propagation studies in the maritime domain, new component development, and systems demonstrations. In addition NRL has developed both conventional, direct, laser communications systems and retro-reflecting systems. In this paper we review some of this work and discuss possible future applications of FSO communications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 2010
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7587, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXII, 758702 (15 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.843682
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W. S. Rabinovich, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
C. I. Moore, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
H. R. Burris, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
J. L. Murphy, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
M. R. Suite, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
R. Mahon, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
M. S. Ferraro, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
P. G. Goetz, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
L. M. Thomas, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
C. Font, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
G. C. Gilbreath, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
B. Xu, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
S. Binari, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
K. Hacker, Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Div. (United States)
S. Reese, Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Div. (United States)
W. T. Freeman, Smart Logic, Inc. (United States)
S. Frawley, Smart Logic, Inc. (United States)
E. Saint-Georges, NOVASOL (United States)
S. Uecke, NOVASOL (United States)
J. Sender, NOVASOL (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7587:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXII
Hamid Hemmati, Editor(s)

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