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Low-cost large aperture telescopes for optical communications
Author(s): Hamid Hemmati
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Paper Abstract

Low-cost, large-aperture optical receivers are required to form an affordable optical ground receiver network for laser communications. Among the ground receiver station's multiple subsystems, here, we only discuss the ongoing research activities aimed at reducing the cost of the large-size optics on the receiver. Experimental results of two different approaches for fabricating low-cost mirrors of wavefront quality on the order of 100-200X the diffraction limit are described. Laboratory-level effort are underway to improve the surface figure to better than 20X the diffraction limit.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2006
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 6304, Free-Space Laser Communications VI, 63040R (1 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.682684
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Hamid Hemmati, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6304:
Free-Space Laser Communications VI
Arun K. Majumdar; Christopher C. Davis, Editor(s)

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