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High-power mid- and far wavelength infrared lasers for free space communication
Author(s): M. Razeghi; A. Evans; J. Nguyen; Y. Bai; S. Slivken; S. R. Darvish; K. Mi
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Paper Abstract

Laser-based free-space communications have been developed to serve specific roles in "last mile" high-speed data networks due to their high security, low cost, portability, and high bandwidth. Conventional free-space systems based on near infrared optical devices suffer from reliability problems due to atmospheric scattering losses and scintillation effects, such as those encountered with storms, dust, and fog. Mid-infrared wavelengths are less affected by atmospheric effects and can significantly enhance link uptime and range. This paper will discuss some of the recent advances in high-power, high temperature, high reliability mid-infrared Quantum Cascade Lasers and their potential application in highly reliable free space communication links.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6593, Photonic Materials, Devices, and Applications II, 65931V (12 June 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.718784
Show Author Affiliations
M. Razeghi, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
A. Evans, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
J. Nguyen, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
Y. Bai, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
S. Slivken, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
S. R. Darvish, Northwestern Univ. (United States)
K. Mi, Northwestern Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6593:
Photonic Materials, Devices, and Applications II
Ali Serpengüzel; Gonçal Badenes; Giancarlo C. Righini, Editor(s)

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