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Experimental evaluation of a misalignment tolerant FSO receiver
Author(s): Stephen Pondelik; Peter G. LoPresti; Hazem Refai
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Paper Abstract

In order to track, acquire and maintain a free-space optical link between mobile platforms experiencing misalignment due to movement and atmospheric turbulence requires a different approach than traditional free-space optical transceivers. Recent investigations of alternative receiver configurations found that a lens array performed better than a collimator array as a light collector, and compared methods for summing light collected from different lenses in the array. This paper reports on experimental investigations of receiver performance for a coupling lens array at the front end and an aspheric-lens based summing approach at the back end. The receiver performance is evaluated using two different transmission systems, including a SONET bit-error-rate tester. Key evaluation parameters include the received power and achieved bit-error rate. Measurements are made under perfect alignment and under a variety of misalignment conditions. The investigation finds that size of the lenses used in the array, which dictates the number of collecting fibers used, impacts the effectiveness of the receiver and of the summing approach. Both a single lens and multiple lens solution are evaluated for implementing the summing function. Optimization of the summing optics is required for the receiver to be effective for high data rate communication.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7685, Atmospheric Propagation VII, 76850B (4 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.849953
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen Pondelik, The Univ. of Tulsa (United States)
Peter G. LoPresti, The Univ. of Tulsa (United States)
Hazem Refai, Univ. of Oklahoma (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7685:
Atmospheric Propagation VII
Linda M. Wasiczko Thomas; Earl J. Spillar, Editor(s)

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