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Laser link performance improvements with wideband microwave impedance matching
Author(s): David L. Baldwin; Vladimir Sokolov; Paul E. Bauhahn
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Paper Abstract

The wideband microwave performance of a laser link was improved using a lossless microwave impedance-matching network. Matching has been achieved from 3 to 9.5 GHz, which is more than one octave with a 5 dB associated improvement in both throughput loss and noise figure for the optical link. The improved noise figure makes it possible to use the laser link with lower-gain amplifiers in front of the laser, and the improved throughput loss reduces the gain needed after the link. It is concluded that impedance matching not only improves the performance but also reduces power consumption in the whole system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1991
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1476, Optical Technology for Microwave Applications V, (1 August 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.45559
Show Author Affiliations
David L. Baldwin, Honeywell Satellite Systems Operations (United States)
Vladimir Sokolov, Honeywell Systems and Research Ctr. (United States)
Paul E. Bauhahn, Honeywell Systems and Research Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1476:
Optical Technology for Microwave Applications V
Shi-Kay Yao, Editor(s)

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