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Method and apparatus for clearing an optical channel

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Toni Carruthers


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A method and apparatus for clearing an optical channel for transmitting data through free space between a first and second location includes a light beam, wherein the light beam has a spatially and/or time-dependent modulated intensity profile, and is substantially collimated so that the intensity profile is conserved over a specified distance of operation. The light beam includes a cross-sectional profile having regions of low and high intensity, portions of which are provided for the transmission of an optical data signal. A light source wavelength and intensity are selected for types of obscurant particles having optical properties whereby the radiation pressure acts on the particles, and the particles may then be either attracted into or repelled from portions of the spatially modulated optical beam, leaving certain portions of the optical channel beam absent of obscurant particles, thereby enabling transmission of optical data through the cleared optical channel with low attenuation.

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Inventor(s): Capron BA, McNeely WA, Dholakia K, Carruthers AE

Publication type: Patent

Publication status: Published

Year: 2014

Print publication date: 31/05/2012

Acceptance date: 18/02/2014