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Guided-wave acousto-optic devices for space applications
Author(s): C. Ciminelli; F. Peluso; M. N. Armenise
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Paper Abstract

Production of high- performance and low-cost new devices to be used in space applications is strongly required due to the remarkable development of innovative technologies in the last few years. Guided-wave optoelectronics technologies, including integrated optics, acousto-optics and electro-optics can provide some significant benefits to the space applications. In particular, they can overcome the intrinsic limits of the conventional technologies improving also the cost/performance figures, and enabling new services. Earth observation, telecommunications, radar surveillance and navigation control are the main space areas where guided-wave devices can contribute significantly. In this paper, after some general considerations on the potential of optoelectronics for space, on the use of acousto-optic guided-wave devices, a brief description of the acousto-optic interaction is given. Some functional devices reported in literature having significant potential impact in space applications are described with the aim of highlighting the main features of the acousto-optic technology. The performance limits of guided-wave devices for space applications are also shortly discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 September 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5953, Acousto-optics and Photoacoustics, 59530N (29 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.622888
Show Author Affiliations
C. Ciminelli, Politecnico di Bari (Italy)
F. Peluso, Politecnico di Bari (Italy)
M. N. Armenise, Politecnico di Bari (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5953:
Acousto-optics and Photoacoustics
Antoni Sliwinski; Rainer Reibold; Vitaly B. Voloshinov, Editor(s)

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