The concept of adaptive optics for improving the cost–performance of free-space optoelectronic interconnects is discussed. Adaptive optics as a design option for optical interconnect systems is presented and discussed. A practical demonstrator that performs low-order correction was built and tested. Slowly varying misalignments, including thermal effects, were compensated for in a 622-Mbit/s free-space optical data link.
© 2000 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 24, 1999
Revised Manuscript: August 30, 1999
Published: February 10, 2000
James Gourlay, Tsung-Yi Yang, Masatoshi Ishikawa, and Andrew C. Walker, "Low-order adaptive optics for free-space optoelectronic interconnects," Appl. Opt. 39, 714-720 (2000)