20-meter underwater wireless optical communication link with 15 Gbps data rate

Chao Shen, Yujian Guo, Hassan M. Oubei, Tien Khee Ng, Guangyu Liu, Kihong Park, Kang-Ting Ho, Mohamed-Slim Alouini, Boon S. Ooi

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The video streaming, data transmission, and remote control in underwater call for high speed (Gbps) communication link with a long channel length (∼10 meters). We present a compact and low power consumption underwater wireless optical communication (UWOC) system utilizing a 450-nm laser diode (LD) and a Si avalanche photodetector. With the LD operating at a driving current of 80 mA with an optical power of 51.3 mW, we demonstrated a high-speed UWOC link offering a data rate up to 2 Gbps over a 12-meter-long, and 1.5 Gbps over a record 20-meter-long underwater channel. The measured bit-error rate (BER) are 2.8 × 10-5, and 3.0 × 10-3, respectively, which pass well the forward error correction (FEC) criterion. © 2016 Optical Society of America.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25502
JournalOptics Express
Issue number22
StatePublished - Oct 24 2016

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) grant through National Priority Research Program (NPRP) No. 8-648-2-273.


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