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Design of an optical fiber amplifier with multiple serial pumping for space communications
Author(s): Dirk Giggenbach
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Paper Abstract

The feasibility of an optical fiber amplifier as a booster amplifier for transmitter-terminals of free-space coherent laser communication systems has been investigated. To enhance the amplifier's efficiency and reliability in a harsh space environment a new pumping-scheme has been analyzed and demonstrated in an experimental set-up. The amplifier features efficient multiple serial coupling of the pump light into the multimode core of the double-clad fiber by using directional Y-couplers. Special attention has been paid to fiber-geometry, pump light absorption efficiency in the neodymium-doped single-mode core and the attenuation of pump and signal light.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3110, 10th Meeting on Optical Engineering in Israel, (22 September 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.281358
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Dirk Giggenbach, DLR Institut fuer Nachrichtentechnik (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3110:
10th Meeting on Optical Engineering in Israel

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