Novel optical CDMA platform for avionics applications

Ivan Glesk, Paul R. Prucnal

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


We designed, built, and demonstrated a highly scalable incoherent Optical CDMA testbed under DARPA contract as a novel platform for testing different avionics applications which will be characterized by Lockheed Martin. It enables users to communicate with each other at the OC-24 rate of ∼1.25 Gbit/sec per user with raw BER of less than 10-12. The system architecture uses (3,11) fast wavelength-hopping, time-spreading prime codes with a chip size of 73 ps utilizing standard on-off-keyed picosecond optical pulses allocated in the time and wavelength domains. A novel design of optical encoders and decoders enables the realization of a secure connectivity approaching a so called "one-time-pad" security. The testbed is also designed to conduct eavesdropping studies among testbed users.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNonlinear Optics and Applications II
StatePublished - 2007
EventNonlinear Optics and Applications II - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: Apr 16 2007Apr 18 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherNonlinear Optics and Applications II
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • 42.81.Wg
  • PACS: 42.55.Wd


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