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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 53, Iss. 11 — Apr. 10, 2014
  • pp: 2283–2289

Undersea laser communication using polarization and wavelength modulation

Pete Poirier and Burton Neuner, III  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 53, Issue 11, pp. 2283-2289 (2014)

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We report a technique to increase the data rate of a free-space all-undersea laser communication link using polarization and wavelength modulation. Measurements were made at various background light levels to estimate the required power increase as a function of bits per pulse. Transmission measurements were made of laser light through a 2-m-long tube filled with a mixture of Maalox and water to simulate ocean-water conditions for several receiver field-of-view (FOV) angles. A degree of polarization greater than 98% was measured at FOVs up to 100 mrad at an attenuation of 14 extinction lengths.

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OCIS Codes
(010.3310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Laser beam transmission
(060.4080) Fiber optics and optical communications : Modulation
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication
(010.4455) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic propagation
(010.4458) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic scattering
(290.5855) Scattering : Scattering, polarization

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Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: December 6, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 19, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: February 25, 2014
Published: April 2, 2014

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