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Development and test of the Ball Aerospace optical frequency comb: a versatile measurement tool for aerospace applications
Author(s): Jordan Wachs; James Leitch; Scott Knight; Robert Pierce; Michael Adkins
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Paper Abstract

The Ball Fiber Optical Comb Demo is a lab-based system which is used to develop space applications for optical frequency combs. These developments utilize the broadband optical coherence of the frequency comb to expand the capabilities of ground test and orbital systems used for optical wave-front measurement, control of adaptive optics, precision ranging, and reference frequency stabilization. The work expands upon a NIST-developed all-fiber frequency comb that exhibits high stability in a compact, enclosed package.

Previously demonstrated applications for frequency combs include: Spectroscopy, distance and velocity measurement, frequency conversion, and timing transfer. Results from the Ball system show the characterization and performance of a frequency comb system with a technological path-to-space. Demonstrations in high precision metrology and long distance ranging are also presented for application in adaptive and multi-body optical systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 July 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9912, Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II, 991206 (22 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2230006
Show Author Affiliations
Jordan Wachs, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
James Leitch, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Scott Knight, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Robert Pierce, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)
Michael Adkins, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9912:
Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation II
Ramón Navarro; James H. Burge, Editor(s)

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