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Optical Engineering

Modeling of an acousto-optic laser veam steering system intended for satellite communication
Author(s): Vladimir V. Nikulin; Mounir Bouzoubaa; Victor A. Skormin; Timothy E. Busch
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Paper Abstract

High data rate of laser communication systems should be matched by wide operational bandwidth of beam positioning. This could be achieved by the application of nonmechanical beam steering technologies utilizing acousto-optic phenomena. Major components of acousto-optic beam steering systems, a Bragg cell, and a quadrant detector are subjected to comprehensive laboratory testing and characterization as components of a control system. A mathematical and computer simulation model of the entire steering system addressing system dynamics, cross coupling of azimuth and elevation channels, and nonlinearity, and facilitating synthesis of advanced control laws is developed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 40(10) doi: 10.1117/1.1403022
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 40, Issue 10
Show Author Affiliations
Vladimir V. Nikulin, SUNY/Binghamton (United States)
Mounir Bouzoubaa
Victor A. Skormin, SUNY/Binghamton (United States)
Timothy E. Busch, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


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