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Free-space optical communication with Mid-IR QCL sources

We collaborate with the Mid-IR quantum cascade laser research group to develop novel systems free-space communication in novel regions of the optical spectrum. Mid-IR sources, lasing in the 3-10 micron range, have the big advantage over conventional telecom-band sources to feature a strongly reduced scattering by dust particles, fog, haze when propagating thorugh the atmosphere. This could lead to larger link lengths for terrestrial and ground-to-satellite links, with reduced sensitivity to atmspheric effects on the link quality.

In our lab we can simulate an effective attenuation to test the performances of a TX-RX system embedding Mid-IR sources