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Analysis of pulse position modulated fiber-based laser systems for deep space optical communication

Paper Abstract

Fiber-based laser sources delivering optical pulses at a wavelength of ~1.5μm have attracted a great interest in recent years mainly due to their unique properties. High efficiency, high output power, eye-safe wavelength and very good output beam quality make them a perfect tool for Free Space Optics communication. The most suitable modulation scheme for long-haul communication is pulse-position modulation mainly due to its high peak-to-average power ratio. In this paper we discuss a potential use of high power fiber laser system built in Master Oscillator Power Amplifier architecture for pulse-position modulated Deep Space Optical Communication. We focus on power scalability, beam quality, laser driver simplicity and temporal deformation of nanosecond laser pulses as well. In summary we shortly compare features of pulse-position modulated fiber laser transmitter with other high power laser sources being used in optical communication.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2019
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 11180, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018, 111805E (12 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2536113
Show Author Affiliations
Pawel Grzes, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Maria Michalska, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Jacek Swiderski, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11180:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018
Zoran Sodnik; Nikos Karafolas; Bruno Cugny, Editor(s)

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