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Optical inter-satellite communication with dynamically reconfigurable optical device using Sn2P2S6 crystal
Author(s): Kaori Nishimaki; Atsushi Okamoto; Tomohiro Fujita; Alexander A. Grabar; Masanori Takabayashi; Jun Uozumi; Akihisa Tomita; Yoshihisa Takayama
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Paper Abstract

Since the optical inter-satellite communication has attractive advantages such as high-speed transmission with high confidence, almost no electronic magnetic interference, and low power consumption, it has been activity investigated. However, directivity control of the laser beams requires a bulky and complicated system in satellite mobile communications. A more flexible and high accurate system with small and simple mechanism has been desired. In this study, we propose a new method of optical inter-satellite communication with a dynamically reconfigurable optical directional device in which diffraction gratings are automatically rewritten and reorganized in response of incident conditions by moving satellites. For realizing such a device, we have developed Sn2P2S6 crystals which have a high sensitive photorefractivity and dynamic reconfigurable property. Furthermore, this crystal has hundreds times faster response than conventional photorefractive materials such as BaTiO3. These features are extremely advantageous to construct a high-speed and flexible communication system with a large tolerance to displacement of moving satellites. To investigate the possibility of the dynamically reconfigurable optical inter-satellite communication system, we experimentally evaluate the temporal and spatial characteristics of Sn2P2S6 crystals for the variation of the beam incident angle. Moreover, the diffraction beam from the crystal has phase conjugate wavefronts of the beam entering from the counter direction. We try to utilize this behavior to suppress the beam spread and to reduce the background light such as sunlight with a spatial filtering technique that has sensitivity in wavefront differences of the signal and background light.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 February 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7923, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXIII, 79230N (22 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.874428
Show Author Affiliations
Kaori Nishimaki, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Atsushi Okamoto, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Tomohiro Fujita, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Alexander A. Grabar, Uzhgorod National Univ. (Ukraine)
Masanori Takabayashi, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Jun Uozumi, Hokkai-Gakuen Univ. (Japan)
Akihisa Tomita, Hokkaido Univ. (Japan)
Yoshihisa Takayama, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7923:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies XXIII
Hamid Hemmati, Editor(s)

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