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The European project Hippo high-power photonics for satellite laser communications and on-board optical processing
Author(s): E. Kehayas; L. Stampoulidis; P. Henderson; Andrew Robertson; F. Van Dijk; M. Achouche; A. Le Kernec; M. Sotom; F. Schuberts; T. Brabant

Paper Abstract

Photonics is progressively transforming from a highly- focused technology applicable to digital communication networks into a pervasive “enabling” technology with diverse non-telecom applications. However, the centre of mass on the R&D level is still mostly driven by, and invested in, by stakeholders active in the telecoms domain. This is due to the high level of investments necessary that in turn require a large and established market for reaching break-even and generation of revenues. Photonics technology and more specifically, fibre-optic technology is moving into non-telecom business areas with great success in terms of markets captured and penetration rates. One example that cannot be overlooked is the application of fibre-optics to industrial applications, where double-digit growth rates are recorded with fibre lasers and amplifiers constantly gaining momentum. In this example, several years of R&D efforts in creating high-power amplification solutions and fibre-laser sources by the telecom sector, were piggy-backed into industrial applications and laser cutting/welding equipment that is now a strong R&D sector on its own and commercially now displacing some conventional free space laser cutting/welding.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 November 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10563, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2014, 105635C (17 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2304118
Show Author Affiliations
E. Kehayas, Gooch and Housego (United Kingdom)
L. Stampoulidis, Gooch and Housego (United Kingdom)
P. Henderson, Gooch and Housego (United Kingdom)
Andrew Robertson, Gooch and Housego (United Kingdom)
F. Van Dijk, III-V Lab. (France)
M. Achouche, III-V Lab. (France)
A. Le Kernec, Thales Alenia Space (France)
M. Sotom, Thales Alenia Space (France)
F. Schuberts, Fiberware (Germany)
T. Brabant, Fiberware (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10563:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2014
Zoran Sodnik; Bruno Cugny; Nikos Karafolas, Editor(s)

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