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Optomechanical Design Of Laser Diode Collimators For Free Space Communications
Author(s): Mark A Bobb
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Paper Abstract

Free space optical communication systems require high quality laser diode collimators capable of long term operation in the space environment. A four-element collimator with all-spherical surfaces was designed and built using conventional fabrication technologies and specialized assembly techniques. Final assemblies demonstrated 1/50-wave rms wavefront errors and no destabilizing feedback to the laser diode source. Advanced collimator designs employing aspheres reduce the collimator design complexity and cost while maintaining optical performance. Examples of these advanced designs, based on lens molding technologies, demonstrate suitability to space applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 July 1989
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1044, Optomechanical Design of Laser Transmitters and Receivers, (11 July 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951273
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Mark A Bobb, Eastman Kodak Company (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1044:
Optomechanical Design of Laser Transmitters and Receivers
Bernard D. Seery, Editor(s)

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