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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 2 — Jan. 10, 2010
  • pp: 258–266

Multipoint free-space optics system for short-range communications between flight platforms

Kiang Huat Heng, Wen-De Zhong, and Tee Hiang Cheng  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 2, pp. 258-266 (2010)

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The problems associated with using typical free-space optics (FSO) transceivers for multipoint communications on flight platforms, such as satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles, in a cluster are discussed and the transceivers are found to be unsuitable for concurrent multipoint communications in those platforms. To overcome the problems, a multipoint FSO system design is proposed. The design of the multipoint system is described and the performance of the multipoint receiver is evaluated in terms of receive gain under different conditions. The proposed multipoint system design offers a promising way to implement concurrent multipoint communications on flight platforms with power, weight, and size advantages compared to the use of multiple transceivers.

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OCIS Codes
(010.3310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Laser beam transmission
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: July 27, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 25, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 2, 2009
Published: January 8, 2010

Kiang Huat Heng, Wen-De Zhong, and Tee Hiang Cheng, "Multipoint free-space optics system for short-range communications between flight platforms," Appl. Opt. 49, 258-266 (2010)

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