Structurally integrated transmitter beacon for underwater wireless optical communications in multiple ocean types

Jonathan J.D. McKendry, Xiaobin Sun, Martin D. Dawson, John Macarthur, Henry Bookey

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In this paper we describe a structurally integrated optical transmitter beacon concept that consists of a side-scattering fiber that can conform to solid surfaces, such as the outer surface of a submersible Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), suitable for convenient deployment in underwater applications. By coupling a modulated optical signal from a laser diode into the fiber, an omnidirectional "beacon" is achieved. We demonstrate coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM), illustrating that these beacons can transmit optical wireless data through several attenuation lengths in turbid water at aggregate data rates of up to 20 Mb/s.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 8 Apr 2021
EventThe Thirty-first (2021) International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference - Online
Duration: 20 Jun 202125 Jun 2021


ConferenceThe Thirty-first (2021) International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference
Abbreviated titleISOPE-2021
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  • optical communications
  • wireless communications
  • underwater wireless

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