High-sensitivity free space optical communications using low size, weight and power hardware

Alexander D. Griffiths, Johannes Herrnsdorf, Oscar Almer, Robert K. Henderson, Michael J. Strain, Martin D. Dawson

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Free space optical communication systems with extremely high detector sensitivities are attractive for various applications with low size, weight and power requirements. For these practical systems, integrated hardware elements with small form factor are needed. Here, we demonstrate a communication link using a CMOS integrated micro-LED and array of single-photon avalanche diodes. These integrated systems provide a data rate of 100 Mb/s at a sensitivity of -55.2 dBm, corresponding to 7.5 detected photons per bit.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationIthica, N.Y.
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2019


  • optical communication
  • LED
  • SPAD
  • CubeSat

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    High sensitivity inter-satellite optical communications using LEDs and single photon receivers

    Griffiths, A., Herrnsdorf, J., Strain, M. & Dawson, M., 24 Mar 2019, SPACOMM 2019: The Eleventh International Conference on Advances in Satellite and Space Communications. [Wilmington, DE]: IARIA, 2 p.

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