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Assessment of commercial optical amplifiers for potential use in space applications
Author(s): Juan Barbero; Michel Sotom; Benoit Benazet; Ignacio Esquivias; Francisco José López Hernández

Paper Abstract

This paper describes the activities and results of an ESA-funded project concerned with the assessment of optical amplifier technologies and products for applications in fiber optic subsystems of future satellite payloads.

On-board applications are briefly introduced, together with associated system-level requirements. Optical amplifier technologies, research achievements and products are reviewed. They are compared in terms of current performance, perspectives and suitability for the target space applications. Optical fibre amplifiers, not limited to Erbium-doped amplifiers, Erbium-doped waveguide amplifiers and Semiconductor Optical Amplifiers are covered. The review includes analysis and trade-off of all performance parameters including saturation output power, noise figure, polarisation maintaining capability, wall-plug efficiency, and mass and size.

A selection of optical amplifier products for further evaluation and testing is presented. Results of extensive testing covering both functional performance and environmental behaviour (mechanical, thermal vacuum, radiations) aspects are reported. Most of the work has been completed, but an extension has been proposed for checking and comparing the behaviour of doped fibers under gamma radiation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10566, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2008, 1056617 (21 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2308290
Show Author Affiliations
Juan Barbero, Alter Technology (Spain)
Michel Sotom, Thales Alenia Space (France)
Benoit Benazet, Thales Alenia Space (France)
Ignacio Esquivias, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)
Francisco José López Hernández, Univ. Politécnica de Madrid (Spain)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10566:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2008
Josiane Costeraste; Errico Armandillo; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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