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Optimization of pulse position modulation when using a cavity-dumped Nd:YAG laser
Author(s): Gerald W. Holleman; G. Stephen Mecherle
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Paper Abstract

Optimization of a laser communication system that uses pulse position modulation (PPM) of a cavity-dumped Nd:YAG laser was investigated analytically. Net communication efficiency, which is a product of PPM efficiency and laser efficiency, was shown to optimize at M-ary pulse formats in the range of 4 bits/pulse when communicating at rates of 4 to 12 Mb/s. The small number of bits/pulse optimizes the efficiency of a cavity-dumped laser by maintaining its pulse rate constant within a narrow range.

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Date Published: 16 August 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2123, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VI, (16 August 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.184652
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Gerald W. Holleman, TRW Space & Electronics Group (United States)
G. Stephen Mecherle, TRW Space & Electronics Group (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2123:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VI
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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