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Optical beam forming and steering for phased array antenna
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Paper Abstract

Two optical beam forming network (BFN) architectures that are deemed viable for on-board satellite phased-array antenna applications are assessed for functional capacity and technology feasibility: specifically, the implementation issues, reliability, and long-term performance are discussed for an M-beam, N-element phased-array antenna operating at Ka-band. Also included are the results of recently demonstrated proof-of-concept BFNs employing fiber optic true-time delay elements and coherent optical processor (COP) based approaches. The details of the trade-off study results and relevant POC hardware developed will be presented in the conference to demonstrate the advantage of light weight and large bandwidth capability of photonic beamforming which are at premium in large antenna arrays. Coherent optical processor using Fourier transform has many advantages.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 May 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2482, Photonics for Space Environments III, (30 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.210531
Show Author Affiliations
Dilip K. Paul, COMSAT Labs. (United States)
Rajender Razdan, COMSAT Labs. (United States)
Brian G. Markey, COMSAT Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2482:
Photonics for Space Environments III
Edward W. Taylor, Editor(s)

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