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Atmospheric and Ocean Optics

Free-space optical communications link at 1550 nm using multiple-quantum-well modulating retroreflectors in a marine environment

[+] Author Affiliations
W. S. Rabinovich, R. Mahon, H. R. Burris, G. C. Gilbreath, P. G. Goetz, C. I. Moore, M. F. Stell, M. J. Vilcheck, J. L. Witkowsky, L. Swingen, M. R. Suite, E. Oh, J. Koplow

U. S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C. 20375 E-mail: Rabinovich@nrl.navy.mil

Opt. Eng. 44(5), 056001 (May 4, 2005). doi:10.1117/1.1906230
History: Received Jun. 23, 2004; Revised Nov. 4, 2004; Accepted Nov. 24, 2004; May 4, 2005; Online May 04, 2005
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A 1550-nm eye-safe, free-space optical communications link is demonstrated at rates up to 5 Mbits/s over a distance of 2 km in the Chesapeake Bay, using quantum-well-based modulating retroreflectors. Tests are conducted under various atmospheric conditions over a time period of about a year. The experimental and theoretical link budgets are compared and statistical measurements of the effects of scintillation are collected. © 2005 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

© 2005 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers

Citation

W. S. Rabinovich ; R. Mahon ; H. R. Burris ; G. C. Gilbreath ; P. G. Goetz, et al.
"Free-space optical communications link at 1550 nm using multiple-quantum-well modulating retroreflectors in a marine environment", Opt. Eng. 44(5), 056001 (May 4, 2005). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.1906230


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