4 February 2002 Horizontal path laser communications employing MEMS adaptive optics correction
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Horizontal path laser communications are beginning to provide attractive alternatives for high-speed optical communications. In particular, companies are beginning to sell fiberless alternatives for intranet and sporting event video. These applications are primarily aimed at short distance applications (on the order of 1 km pathlength). There exists a potential need to extend this pathlength to distances much greater than a 1km. For cases of long distance optical propagation, atmospheric turbulence will ultimately limit the maximum achievable data rate. In this paper, we propose a method of improved signal quality through the use of adaptive optics. In particular, we show work in progress toward a high-speed, small footprint Adaptive Optics system for horizontal path laser communications. Such a system relies heavily on recent progress in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) deformable mirrors as well as improved communication and computational components. In this paper we detail two Adaptive Optics approaches for improved through-put, the first is the compensated receiver (the traditional Adaptive Optics approach), the second is the compensated transmitter/receiver. The second approach allows for correction of the optical wavefront before transmission from the transmitter and prior to detection at the receiver.
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Charles A. Thompson, Charles A. Thompson, Scott C. Wilks, Scott C. Wilks, James M. Brase, James M. Brase, Richard A. Young, Richard A. Young, Gary W. Johnson, Gary W. Johnson, Anthony J. Ruggiero, Anthony J. Ruggiero, } "Horizontal path laser communications employing MEMS adaptive optics correction", Proc. SPIE 4494, Adaptive Optics Systems and Technology II, (4 February 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.454782; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.454782

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