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Monolitic Hybrid Transmitter-Receiver Lens for Rotary On-Axis Communications

: Kirrbach, R.; Faulwaßer, M.; Schneider, T.; Meißner, P.; Noack, A.; Deicke, F.

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Applied Sciences 10 (2020), No.4, Art. 1540, 17 pp.
ISSN: 2076-3417
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IPMS ()

High-speed rotary communication links exhibit high complexity and require challenging assembly tolerances. This article investigates the use of optical wireless communications (OWC) for on-axis rotary communication scenarios. First, OWC is compared with other state-of-the-art technologies. Different realization approaches for bidirectional, full-duplex links are discussed. For the most promising approach, a monolithic hybrid transmitter-receiver lens is designed by ray mapping methodology. Ray tracing simulations are used to study the alignment-depended receiver power level and to determine the effect of optical crosstalk. Over a distance of 12.5 mm, the lens achieves an optical power level at the receiver of −16.2 dBm to −8.7 dBm even for misalignments up to 3 mm.