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LISA optics model: computational steps
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Paper Abstract

The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) optics model is used to simulate the propagation of a laser beam inside and between widely, five million kilometers, separated spacecraft moving in orbits about the sun. Numerical beam propagation models have been around for a long time. However, because of the somewhat extreme requirements on the model, namely very large distances while still requiring sub-picometer accuracies, a detailed exposition of the computational steps is necessary to ensure that the results are understood.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 January 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5160, Free-Space Laser Communication and Active Laser Illumination III, (27 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.507231
Show Author Affiliations
Eugene Waluschka, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Lawrence M. Scherr, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5160:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Active Laser Illumination III
David G. Voelz; Jennifer C. Ricklin, Editor(s)

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