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Large-aperture quantum well shutters for fast retroreflected optical data links in free space
Author(s): G. Charmaine Gilbreath; William S. Rabinovich; Rita Mahon; Michael R. Corson; Mena F. Stell; D. Scott Katzer; Kiki Ikossi-Anastasiou; Timothy J. Meehan; John F. Kline
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Paper Abstract

This paper reports progress on the development of a fast modulating retroreflector for a free space optical data link. A previous publication reported sustaining video over a 17 meter link using a multiple quantum well shutter with a diameter of 0.5 cm at a rate on the order of 0.5 Mbps, limited by the demonstration electronics. This work describes improvements in the device performance, which is on the order of 4 Mbps to 6 Mbps with a Bit Error Rates of 10-6 over a robust optical link. This device lends itself to an array configuration for long range applications and will clearly support T1 rates of 1.54 Mbps, and higher.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 1999
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3707, Laser Radar Technology and Applications IV, (28 May 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.351384
Show Author Affiliations
G. Charmaine Gilbreath, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
William S. Rabinovich, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Rita Mahon, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Michael R. Corson, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Mena F. Stell, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
D. Scott Katzer, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Kiki Ikossi-Anastasiou, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Timothy J. Meehan, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
John F. Kline, Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3707:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications IV
Gary W. Kamerman; Christian Werner, Editor(s)

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