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Devices and Control Strategies for AD HOC Optical Communications Networks
Final rept. 25 Jul 2005-24 Apr 2006
BOSTON UNIV MA DEPT OF AEROSPACE AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
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The research under this project has been aimed at proving the potential value of key elements both hardware and operational concepts that we plan to develop in initiating an ambitious program of research to develop a radical new technology for high-bandwidth, stealthy communication over free-space optical links. The results of the project have been several prototype systems which integrate optical components a MEMS-based spatial light modulator SLM integrated with a retroreflector to produce an inexpensive and lightweight device which is capable of reliably modulating a laser beam probe and reflecting it to its place of origin a state-of-the-art low-power RF device MOTE and an autonomous robot vehicle on which these components can be mounted. Continuing research is aimed at developing the under control principles for operating a system which integrates the above components in a way that will support future research on mobile ad hoc optical communications networks.
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