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  • Journal of Optical Networking
  • Vol. 3,
  • Issue 9,
  • pp. 720-721
  • (2004)

Optical Wireless Communications

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Optical Wireless Communications

Submission Deadline: 1 February 2005

Guest Editors: Shlomi Arnon, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. David M. Britz PTSM AT&T Research, Anthony C. Boucouvalas, Bournemouth University, Mohsen Kavehrad, The Pennsylvania State University

Journal of Optical Networking (JON) invites submissions to a special issue on optical wireless communications, free space optics, or laser communications. We are beginning to witness an exciting era for researchers and developers of optical wireless communications; optical wireless technologies have already expanded their presence into a broad range of traditional communications markets. New approaches and challenging opportunities are opening up in nontraditional areas such as hybrid optical/radio diversity; optical multi-input, multi-output (MIMO) for the next-generation optical WLAN; and extreme applications such as short-range communications over distances of a few millimeters (e.g. "smart dust") to millions of kilometers in missions to both the Moon and Mars. In its early forms optical wireless has been used for remote communications for well over a thousand years. Today optical wireless links have succeeded in penetrating our homes and our daily lives, yet little attention has been given to this "invisible" but increasingly important technology. Optical wireless products ranging from TV remote control to IrDA ports currently have a worldwide installed base of over 200 million units with a 40% annual growth. Optical wireless is also widely available on personal computers, peripherals, embedded systems and devices of all types, terrestrial and in-building optical wireless LANs, and intersatellite link applications. This special issue seeks to highlight the ongoing research in this important area. Original manuscripts are solicited on related issues. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): Link layer, network and transport protocols and modeling Short-range communication by network of sensors Laser satellite communications Terrestrial optical wireless communication ("last-mile solutions"), Quantum encryption using optical wireless communications, Indoor and outdoor links Indoor and outdoor channel modeling (aerosols and turbulence, Pointing error statistics). Manuscript Submission. To submit to this special issue, follow the normal procedure for submission to JON, indicating "OWC feature" in the "Comments" field of the online submission form. For all other questions relating to this feature issue, please send an e-mail to jon@osa.org, subject line "Optical Wireless Communications." Additional information can be found on the JON website: http://www.osa-jon.org/submission. Submission Deadline: 1 February 2005.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

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