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Design and qualification of a small customizable fast steering mirror (FSM) for FSOC stabilization and scanning applications
Author(s): N. Jacka; W. Walker; M. Roybal; J. McNally
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Paper Abstract

Numerous Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) applications use fine tracking to achieve precise jitter stabilization necessary for high data rate communications. In addition, precision pointing mechanism are often required for point-ahead of the transmit laser. Prior systems have used either fast steering mirrors (FSMs), piezoelectric fiber optic positioners, or inertially stabilized platforms each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages for different applications.

We developed a small form-factor, high performance FSM capable of meeting both high bandwidth stabilization requirements as well as high precision pointing necessary for the point-ahead function. The current design achieves a 2.5 kHz closed-loop optical track bandwidth, <5 μrad/mrad accuracy, and better than 15 nm rms surface figure error. Because there is no single approach to FSOC architecture, we designed the FSM to be easily scaled and customized for various applications ranging from FSOC, image stabilization, and scanning. Simple choices and customization of the FSM components including the mirror substrate, flexure, feedback sensors, and actuator design can provide custom designs for various applications. Analysis tools were developed to quickly trade the multitude of design parameters that influence performance. This paper reviews the FSM design, performance, and qualification test results, and trade space available to customize the FSM. We present analysis and test data from a couple of design variations to show how our design and analysis approach allows the FSM to be quickly adapted to various performance and environmental requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 2018
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10524, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXX, 1052407 (15 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2291121
Show Author Affiliations
N. Jacka, Applied Technology Associates (United States)
W. Walker, Applied Technology Associates (United States)
M. Roybal, Applied Technology Associates (United States)
J. McNally, Applied Technology Associates (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10524:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXX
Hamid Hemmati; Don M. Boroson, Editor(s)

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