Experimental demonstration of next-generation FSO communication system

Kamugisha Kazaura*, Kazunori Omae, Toshiji Suzuki, Mitsuji Matsumoto, Edward Mutafungwa, Koichi Asatani, Tadaaki Murakami, Koichi Takahashi, Hideki Matsumoto, Kazuhiko Wakamori, Yoshinori Arimoto

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Free-space optical communication has emerged as a competitive and viable technology for offering high data rates, improved capacity, cost-effective and an easy to deploy solution for providing connectivity between two points which are up to a few kilometers apart. In this paper we present experimental work which demonstrates the practicality of next generation free-space optical (FSO) communication systems suitable for short-haul, high-speed and robust data links. This experimental system is placed between two buildings in the Waseda University campus area for a communication link spanning a distance of 1 km. We outline the design of the optical antenna which uses 1550 nm wavelength and directly coupling a free-space optical beam to a single-mode fiber without the need for OE/EO conversion, to offer a communication link with data rates from 2.5 Gbps to 10 Gbps. The antenna is capable of overcoming most common limitations inherent in FSO communication systems, such as atmospheric induced beam wander and scintillation effects. A high-speed tracking mechanism which utilizes a fine positioning mirror (FPM) capable of tracking and controlling the received beam and focusing/steering most of beam power into the fiber is presented. This FPM is capable of suppressing the frequent power fluctuations caused by beam angle-of-arrival (AOA) variations. This paper presents experimental results of the FSO communication system capable offering stable performance in terms of measured bit-error-rate (BER). Performance results showing increasing the systems data rate from 2.5 Gbps to 10 Gpbs are also presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventBroadband Access Communication Technologies - Boston, MA
Duration: 2006 Oct 22006 Oct 3


OtherBroadband Access Communication Technologies
CityBoston, MA


  • Beam angle-of-arrival (AOA) fluctuations
  • Fine positioning mirror (FPM)
  • Free-space optical communication system (FSO)
  • Scintillation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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