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Compact Robust Integrated PPM Laser Transceiver Chip Set with High Sensitivity, Efficiency, and Re-Configurability

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Compact Robust Integrated PPM Laser Transceiver Chip Set with High Sensitivity, Efficiency, and Re-Configurability
The key to enabling space optical communications with high efficiency and enhanced capabilities is by developing transceivers on monolithically integrated chips with high robustness, enhanced data-transmitting capabilities, higher functionalities, and lower costs. The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University, and OptoNe Inc. will realize a pulse-position modulation (PPM) monolithically integrated laser transmitter chip and two matching receiver chips with high robustness, multi-function capabilities, novel re-configurability, high signal sensitivity, high data rates, and good power efficiency. Such a compact robust integrated PPM laser transceiver chip set will enable significant advancements in space optical communications and will also benefit the photonic integration technology area in general with various commercial application potentials. More »

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