Reconfigurable beam system for non-line-of-sight free-space optical communication

Zizheng Cao, Xuebing Zhang, Gerwin Osnabrugge, Juhao Li, Ivo M. Vellekoop, Antonius M. J. Koonen
2019 Light: Science & Applications  
In this paper, we propose a reconfigurable beam-shaping system to permit energy-efficient non-line-of-sight (NLOS) free-space optical communication. Light is steered around obstacles blocking the direct communication pathway and reaches a receiver after reflecting off of a diffuse surface. A coherent array optical transmitter (CAO-Tx) is used to spatially shape the wavefront of the light incident on a diffuse surface. Wavefront shaping is used to enhance the amount of diffusely reflected light
more » ... eaching the optical receiver. Synthetic NLOS experiments for a signal reflected over an angular range of 20° are presented. A record-breaking 30-Gbit/s orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing signal is transmitted over a diffused optical wireless link with a >17-dB gain.
doi:10.1038/s41377-019-0177-3 pmid:31645917 pmcid:PMC6804797 fatcat:pf5h3fiylzedfboggrujbgf5zi