Our festive season is getting more exciting! Our paper titled “Determining the Feasibility of Free Space Optical Communication in Namibia” has been accepted for publication in the Optics Communications journal, published by Elsevier.

This is the first publication coming out of our Free Space Optical Communication research group, which is working in collaboration with Prof Thomas Olwal’s group at Tshwane University of Technology. This work is being funded by the National Commission on Research Science and Technology  and National Research Foundation (NRF).

This work started two years ago, when I introduced the idea to an undergraduate student, Kaimuurire Ndjavera. Ndjavera’s work focused on the feasibility of Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) based on Mie scattering losses in two locations, Ondangwa and Windhoek.

Last year, another undergraduate student, Michelle Handura, who is the first author in the paper, extended the study to more towns in Namibia (Katima Mulilo, Grootfontein, Walvis Bay, and Keetmanshoop). She also extended the atmospheric loss model for all towns by including turbulence losses based on the Hufnagel-Valley model.

The review process did not take a very long time. We submitted the paper on 3 September, 2015. We got the feedback from the editors on 19 November, 2015. We worked on the reviewer comments and submitted the revised paper on 19 December, 2015 and we got the acceptance notification on 21 December, 2015.

We are still doing some more work on Free Space Optical Communication. We are interested in collaboration with other research groups out there. We are now more interested in research groups that are developing FSOC transceivers. If you are there, please contact me so that we can start working together.