System performance measurement and analysis of optical steganography based on noise

Ben Wu, Bhavin J. Shastri, Paul R. Prucnal

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System performance of optical steganography is theoretically analyzed and experimentally demonstrated. The optical stealth channel is carried by amplified spontaneous emission noise, which hides the stealth data in both the time and frequency domain. Meanwhile, because the stealth channel uses noise as the signal carrier, the relation between signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and carrier power is fundamentally different from the traditional optical channels carried by modulating lasers. To transmit and hide the stealth signal in the existing public network, the degradation principle of SNR of the stealth channel is studied. Such principle can guide the design of the stealth transmission system and optimize the carrier power of the stealth channel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6866870
Pages (from-to)1920-1923
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number19
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Amplified spontaneous emission
  • Optical fiber communication
  • Optical steganography


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