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Wavelength selection criteria for laser communications
Author(s): Kamran S. Shaik; Hamid Hemmati
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Paper Abstract

Laser communication systems can be based on a wide range of wavelengths in the optical and infrared regimes. This article provides a rationale for the selection of wavelengths particularly suited for free space laser communication systems. The choice of wavelengths is based on an analysis of propagation issues, especially through the atmosphere, optical background noise, and the necessary technologies that include lasers, detectors, and spectral filters. The maturity of technology is assessed and given due consideration to identify suitable wavelengths for today's laser communication systems. Figures of merit are also developed where useful to provide a comparative estimate of expected system performance as a function of wavelength.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 April 1995
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 2381, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VII, (20 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.207422
Show Author Affiliations
Kamran S. Shaik, Shaik Associates Co. (United States)
Hamid Hemmati, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2381:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VII
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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