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Holographic Optics For Space Laser Communications
Author(s): James H. East; John D. Oetting
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we examine the utility of holographic optics for their use as collection, pointing and filtering elements in a space-based optical communications system architecture. In the first section, we examine the possible applications and requirements for satellite lasercom pointing, acquisition and tracking subsystems. These requirements reflect the multifarious and dynamic aspects of a network architecture such as SDI. Next we examine some of the unique performance aspects of holographic elements and how they enhance network performance. We then analyze the element performance based on the features of the hologram. We evaluate the technologies and materials currently employed in the fabrication of holograms and discuss the capabilities and limitations of this technique to meet space-based requirements. We outline in the conclusions the potential enhancements to laser communications offered through the use of holograms, and recommend further work to extend their feasibility.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 1988
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0876, Communications Networking in Dense Electromagnetic Environments, (3 May 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.943920
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James H. East, Booz, Allen, & Hamilton (United States)
John D. Oetting, Booz, Allen, & Hamilton (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0876:
Communications Networking in Dense Electromagnetic Environments
Kepi Wu, Editor(s)

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