7 October 2014 Applications of laser-induced filaments for optical communication links
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Free-space laser communications are subjected to performance degradation when heavy fog or smoke obscures the line of sight (high-loss optical media). On the other hand, it has been demonstrated that laser-induced plasma filaments (LIPF) can propagate for long distances (up to a few kilometers) through clouds and/or turbulent (lossy) atmosphere. Here we propose to use LIPF to improve and/or restore laser communication in adverse, high-loss and/or denied conditions. This work is focused on demonstrating the proof of concept and is dedicated primarily to gaseous, optically transparent media.
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Alexandru Hening, Alexandru Hening, David Wayne, David Wayne, Mike Lovern, Mike Lovern, Mark Lasher, Mark Lasher, "Applications of laser-induced filaments for optical communication links", Proc. SPIE 9224, Laser Communication and Propagation through the Atmosphere and Oceans III, 92240J (7 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2063559; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2063559

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