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System impact of the resonant laser receiver for free-space laser communications
Author(s): Robert G. Marshalek; Robert J. Smith; David L. Begley
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a preliminary assessment of the impact the resonant laser receiver would have on an end-to-end laser communication system. Link budget calculations are described that determine system performance for an 83,000-km crosslink and 42,000-km communication channels, for which transmitter power and data rate are traded for a fixed 14-cm aperture. The acquisition and fine tracking performance are also assessed to determine such parameters as beacon transmitter power, acquisition scanning and staring methods, modulation formats and detection methods, and detector requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 June 1992
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1635, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies IV, (9 June 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.59267
Show Author Affiliations
Robert G. Marshalek, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
Robert J. Smith, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)
David L. Begley, Ball Aerospace Systems Group (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1635:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies IV
David L. Begley; Bernard D. Seery, Editor(s)

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