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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 2 — Jan. 10, 2008
  • pp: 277–283

High bandwidth underwater optical communication

Frank Hanson and Stojan Radic  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 2, pp. 277-283 (2008)

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Wereporterror-free underwater optical transmission measurements at 1 Gbit / s ( 10 9 bits / s ) over a 2 m path in a laboratory water pipe with up to 36   dB of extinction. The source at 532   nm was derived from a 1064   nm continuous-wave laser diode that was intensity modulated, amplified, and frequency doubled in periodically poled lithium niobate. Measurements were made over a range of extinction by the addition of a Mg ( OH ) 2 and Al ( OH ) 3 suspension to the water path, and we were not able to observe any evidence of temporal pulse broadening. Results of Monte Carlo simulations over ocean water paths of several tens of meters indicate that optical communication data rates > 1 Gbit / s can be supported and are compatible with high-capacity data transfer applications that require no physical contact.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication
(010.4458) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic scattering

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: October 24, 2007
Revised Manuscript: November 28, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: November 30, 2007
Published: January 9, 2008

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Frank Hanson and Stojan Radic, "High bandwidth underwater optical communication," Appl. Opt. 47, 277-283 (2008)

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