FSO Receiver with High Optical Alignment Robustness Using High-Speed 2D-PDA and Space Diversity Technique

Toshimasa Umezawa, Yuki Yoshida, Atsushi Kanno, Atsushi Matsumoto, Kouichi Akahane, Naokatsu Yamamoto, Tetsuya Kawanishi
2020 Journal of Lightwave Technology  
A free-space optical (FSO) receiver with high optical alignment robustness configured by a single optical lens is presented, in addition to a newly developed 2-D photodetector array (2D-PDA). A 6 × 6 square-shaped aligned arrangement matrix structure in the 2D-PDA provides a large active area for photodetection. In a 1.5-m FSO demonstration, the optical alignment tolerance on the receiver's lens is evaluated to be as large as 12 mm. The multiple-output signals from the 2D-PDA are used for the
more » ... are used for the maximum ratio combining method in space diversity. The system design and alignment tolerance without a mechanical beamtracking system are presented and the bit error rate contributed by space diversity is discussed. Index Terms-Free space optical communication, space diversity, 2-D photodetector array.
doi:10.1109/jlt.2020.3011425 fatcat:arohuiuuzrfxpdps67raez2bvm