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Large M-ary pulse position modulation and photon buckets for effective interstellar communications
Author(s): Monte Ross
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Paper Abstract

Very low duty cycle short pulse high peak power laser modulation enables sending of signals great distances with low average power and high efficiency. Significant information can be sent by each pulse in digital pulse position modulation when M is very large. Direct detection can be utilized, enabling use of photon buckets, because the signal energy in a short pulse can overcome the generated noise by the star's spectrum. Exact optical frequency knowledge is not required because of the high background discrimination of the short pulse approach, although Fraunhaufer lines offer possible choices. Pictorial data is feasible and readily reconstructed using this modulation approach. The ability to use photon buckets enables the construction of large area collectors at low cost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 1993
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 1867, The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in the Optical Spectrum, (6 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.150121
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Monte Ross, Laser Data Technology, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1867:
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) in the Optical Spectrum
Stuart A. Kingsley, Editor(s)

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