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Using a low-noise interferometric fiber optic gyro in a pointing, acquisition, and tracking system
Author(s): John Kaufmann; Farhad Hakimi; Don Boroson
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Paper Abstract

Heritage pointing, acquisition, and tracking (PAT) systems have relied on optical tracking with a cooperative remote terminal to stabilize the line-of-sight of optical communications links. A hybrid approach, using new interferometric fiberoptic gyro (IFOG) technology to sense and correct local angular disturbances, blended with optical tracking, is shown to yield two significant advantages over traditional all-optical tracking: (1) line-of-sight stabilization over a very wide disturbance frequency range, down to extremely low frequencies (<<1 Hz), without the need for any optical signal power or cooperation from the remote terminal, and (2) a significant reduction in signal power required for the optical tracker. This paper will present fundamental performance analyses of a hybrid IFOG/optical tracking system and will derive simple design rules that the system designer can use to architect an optimal hybrid IFOG/optical PAT system. In addition, flow-down benefits that can simplify PAT system hardware will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 March 2013
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8610, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXV, 86100A (19 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2010982
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John Kaufmann, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Farhad Hakimi, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Don Boroson, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8610:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXV
Hamid Hemmati; Don M. Boroson, Editor(s)

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