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Free-Space Laser Communications

Principles and Advances

  • Comprehensive up-to-date discussion of free-space laser communications

  • Description of and models for the atmospheric channel are provided

  • Comprehensive discussion of optical propagation for the atmospheric channel

  • Valuable to the practicing bench scientists, engineers and students to interpret design data and to undertake the design of a free-space laser communications system

Part of the book series: Optical and Fiber Communications Reports (OFCR, volume 2)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    • Arun K. Majumdar
    Pages 1-8
  3. Atmospheric channel effects on free-space laser communication

    • Jennifer C. Ricklin, Stephen M. Hammel, Frank D. Eaton, Svetlana L. Lachinova
    Pages 9-56
  4. Optical networks, last mile access and applications

    • E. Leitgeb, M. Gebhart, U. Birnbacher
    Pages 273-302
  5. Quantum cascade laser-based free space optical communications

    • R. Martini, E. A. Whittaker
    Pages 393-406
  6. All-weather long-wavelength infrared free space optical communications

    • D. P. Hutchinson, R. K. Richards
    Pages 407-417

About this book

Free-space laser communications, also referred to as optical communica­ tions, is a popular subject in today's technological marketplace. A number of conferences on this subject have been organized by professional societies such as SPIE (the International Society of Photo Optical and Instrumenta­ tion Engineering), OSA (Optical Society of America), and IEEE (Instituteof Electrical and Electronics Engineers). The evolving technology of free-space laser communications is emerging as an appealing alternative to RF com­ munications for links between satellites, as well as a promising addition to terrestrial applications such as video or computer linkups between buildings. There is a pressing need for more information on laser communications that is comprehensive enough to provide in-depth knowledge of free-space com­ munications, and that can satisfy the current demands of the research and commercial needs. This book has been designed to provide a comprehensive, unified tutorial to further understanding of the fundamental techniques for laser communi­ cations through the earth's atmosphere. The driving force behind free-space laser communications is the continuous demand for higher bandwidth to deliver high-capacity voice, data, and images to the customer. Free-space propagation distances include ranges that encompass a few millimeters (for example between optical interconnects in a computer using photonics to replace metal interconnects), a fewmeters (such as indoor communications), a fewkilometers (between buildings, campuses, and hospitals), and even up to thousands of kilometers (such as from an aircraft or satellite to the ground).

Authors and Affiliations

  • LCResearch, Inc., Agoura Hills

    Arun K. Majumdar

  • AMSRL-CI-CN, Adelphi

    Jennifer C. Ricklin

About the authors

Arun K. Majumdar Ph.D., is Director of Research at LCResearch, Inc. in California. He has more than 23 years of experience from Industry, University and National Laboratory settings in the areas of atmospheric turbulence effects on laser propagation, imaging and communications. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Jennifer C. Ricklin received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. She has been with the Army Research Laboratory since 1983. Since that time her research interests have included a number of topical applications of laser beam propagation in the atmosphere. She is now a Program Manager at DARPA / ATO.

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