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Telescope considered as a very high gain antenna
Author(s): Michel Detaille; Patrice Houmault
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Paper Abstract

A design concept for an optical-antenna telescope to be used in intersatellite communication (in the framework of the ESA SILEX project) is presented. The main technical requirements for a SILEX transmit-receive antennna telescope are reviewed, and a Cassegrain configuration based on a parabolic primary mirror, a hyperbolic secondary mirror, and a five-lense collimator (with baffles to limit stray light) is shown in diagrams and discussed in detail, with particular attention to local angular distortion and transmission-antenna gain. Results from tests on a breadboard version are presented in tables and graphs, including transmission of 92.6 percent at 820 nm, rms wavefront error less than lambda/28, optical gain 114.47 dB, backscattered energy 1.7 x 10 to the -6th at 838 nm, and stray-light intensity slightly above specification at sun aspect angles less than 4.5 deg.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1990
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1218, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies II, (1 July 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.18184
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Michel Detaille, Societe Bertin (France)
Patrice Houmault, Societe Bertin (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1218:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies II
David L. Begley; Bernard D. Seery, Editor(s)

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