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

McKendry, Jonathan J.D. and Sun, Xiaobin and Dawson, Martin D. and Macarthur, John and Bookey, Henry (2021) Structurally integrated transmitter beacon for underwater wireless optical communications in multiple ocean types. In: The Thirty-first (2021) International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference, 2021-06-20 - 2021-06-25, Online. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    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.

    ORCID iDs

    McKendry, Jonathan J.D. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6379-3955, Sun, Xiaobin, Dawson, Martin D. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6639-2989, Macarthur, John and Bookey, Henry;