Introduction: Laser Comunication

Laser Communication System works on the principle of “Amplitude Modulation” process. In this the amplitude of the carrier is varied according to the instantaneous amplitude of the modulating signal (Input Signal ).

“Carrier Signal refers to Laser  Beam”
“Amplitude refers to Intensity of Laser Beam”
“Input Signal refers to audio signal”

Hence, The intensity of the laser beam is varied according to the instantaneous value of audio signal and the same is sensed by the optical sensor at the receiver.
This simple Laser Communication System consists of two sections Transmitter and Receiver. At the Transmitter any audio device can be coupled to the laser light by using a transistor operating in common collector mode. Since, In common collector mode transistor acts as Impedence matching device. Due to this intensity of the laser beam changes proportional to audio signal strength.

At the receiver this varying intensity can be sensed by any optical sensors like Light Dependent Resistor (LDR) or photo transistor or Solar cell. The photo transistor is biased and connected to the input of audio amplifier (LM386) which drives the loud speaker.


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Information transfer is driving the requirements to higher data rates, laser cross -link technology explosions, global development activity, increased hardware, and design maturity. Most important in space laser communications has been the development of a reliable, high power, single mode laser diode as a directly modulable laser source. This technology advance offers the space laser communication system designer the flexibility to design very lightweight, high bandwidth, low-cost communication payloads for satellites whose launch costs are a very strong function of launch weigh. This feature substantially reduces blockage of fields of view of most desirable areas on satellites. The smaller antennas with diameter typically less than 30 centimeters create less momentum disturbance to any sensitive satellite sensors. Fewer on board consumables are required over the long lifetime because there are fewer disturbances to the satellite compared with heavier and larger RF systems.

Step 1: Transmitter

easy.. here we are transmitting an audio signal

Step 2: Receiver

solar panel can be replaced by LDR or photo transistor

Step 3: Block Diagram

very eaaaaasy


mhammadali (author)2014-09-11

nice comment.. but remember that the carier here is the laser beam it self .. so it doesnt matter the range of the audio signal.. here the noise that may disturb our system is only mechanical .. when something cut the laser beam.

carlos66ba (author)mhammadali2014-09-11

Well, unless you are in a fiber optic, if transmitted through air you will also get light from outside sources creeping in. May or not be a problem, as I said, it is a nice follow-up project.

discostu956 (author)carlos66ba2014-09-11

Was going to ask about the other light creeping in

mhammadali (author)2014-09-11

its better in fiber optics.. but its expensive... if you put the receiver in dark.. only the laser beam hits it.. the problem may be solved.. i dont know if a light hit the trasmitted beam may affect it..

carlos66ba (author)2014-09-11

Nice instructable, thank you for sharing. One comment (which is something you may want to consider for a future project): if the environment you have your system is noisy then your audio will be noisy too. It is advisable to modulate the laser at a high frequency and have the audio change the intensity (AM) or frequency (FM) of this signal. Then the receiver should decode it. The advantage is that you move away from the more noisy ~100 Hz area of the spectrum where audio also lives.

discostu956 (author)2014-09-11

Really gets the thought process going. very nice, cheers for posting this