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Analysis of a spatial-tracking subsystem for optical communications
Author(s): Moe Zaw Win; Chien-Chung Chen
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Paper Abstract

Spatial tracking plays a very critical role in designing optical communication systems because of the small angular beamwidth associated with the optical signal. One possible solution for spatial tracking is to use a nutating mirror which dithers the incoming beam at a rate much higher than the mechanical disturbances. A power detector then senses the change in detected power as the signal is reflected off the nutating mirror. This signal is then correlated with the nutator driver signals to obtain estimates of the azimuth and elevation tracking signals to control the fast scanning mirrors. A theoretical analysis is performed for a spatial tracking system using a nutator disturbed by shot noise and mechanical vibrations. Contributions of shot noise and mechanical vibrations to the total tracking error variance are derived. Given the vibration spectrum and the expected signal power, there exists an optimal amplitude for the nutation which optimizes the receiver performance. The expected performance of a nutator based system is estimated based on the choice of nutation amplitude.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 June 1992
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1635, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies IV, (9 June 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.59287
Show Author Affiliations
Moe Zaw Win, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Chien-Chung Chen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (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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