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Free-space optical communication systems (FOCUS): an Army overview
Author(s): Neil J. Vallestero; Mark Khusid; Narasimha S. Prasad; John C. Carrano; George Duchak; Jennifer C. Ricklin; Mikhail A. Vorontsov
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Paper Abstract

The Army's objective is to design, develop and demonstrate its 'ability to distribute information around the battlefield.' Future Army systems will be based on a survivable, adaptable network capable of integrating commercial services and securely utilizing bandwidth for voice, data, and video applications. However, microwave bandwidth allocation has been a serious problem (given crosstalk, interference and frequency management) for a mobile, adaptive communication network. Because of the inherent advantages of the high data rate, crosstalk independence, jam - resistance, covertness and quick system setup time, the Army is looking into optical wireless communication as a means to address this communications requirement. However, development of a fielded laser communication system requires the development of enabling technologies, the understanding of physical limits and performance, and concept of operations (CONOPS).

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 December 2002
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4821, Free-Space Laser Communication and Laser Imaging II, (9 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.450522
Show Author Affiliations
Neil J. Vallestero, U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command (United States)
Mark Khusid, U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command (United States)
Narasimha S. Prasad, Coherent Technologies, Inc. (United States)
John C. Carrano, DARPA (United States)
George Duchak, DARPA (United States)
Jennifer C. Ricklin, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Mikhail A. Vorontsov, Univ. of Maryland/College Park (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4821:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Laser Imaging II
Jennifer C. Ricklin; David G. Voelz, Editor(s)

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