Advanced receivers for free-space optical communications

Dominic C. O'Brien, Grahame E. Faulkner, Paul Stavrinou, Gareth Parry, Jacques Bellon, Martin J. Sibley, Vinod A. Lalithambika, Valencia M. Joyner, Rina J. Samsudin, David M. Holburn, Robert J. Mears

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Free space optical communications (FSO) requires receivers with a wide field of view, large collection area and high bandwidth, as well as good rejection of unwanted ambient illumination. At present most of the optoelectronic components used in these systems are designed for fibre-optic systems and as such are not optimal for this application. Work at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Huddersfield and Imperial College has produced receivers incorporating detectors and preamplifiers specifically optimised for FSO and these show performance beyond that available commercially available. In this paper we describe the design, fabrication and performance of these integrated components. Further, we describe how this performance might scale with further optimisation, and future directions for optical receiver design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Free-Space Optical Communications Techniques and Technologies
EditorsMonte Ross, Andrew M. Scott
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780819455673, 0819455679
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2004
EventEuropean Symposium on Optics and Photonics for Defence and Security - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Oct 200428 Oct 2004

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceEuropean Symposium on Optics and Photonics for Defence and Security
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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