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Modular and smooth introduction of photonics in high-throughput communication satellites – perspective of project BEACON
Author(s): Vanessa C. Duarte; João G. Prata; Rogério N. Nogueira; Georg Winzer; Lars Zimmermann; Rob Walker; Stephen Clements; Marta Filipowicz; Marek Napierala; Tomasz Nasilowski; Jonathan Crabb; Leontios Stampoulidis; Javad Anzalchi; Miguel V. Drummond

Paper Abstract

In this paper we present a 4-channel silicon photonic true-time delay (TTD) beamformer in which the phase of each channel is automatically adjusted in real-time. Beamforming was demonstrated with a 1 Gb/s QPSK signal carried at 28 GHz. The demonstration comprised the following custom made devices: two arrays of GaAs Mach-Zehnder modulators (MZMs), a radiation-hardened 7-core erbium-doped fiber amplifier (MC-EDFA) for power boosting, and a silicon photonic integrated circuit (PIC) containing a 4 × 1 TTD optical beamformer network (OBFN). Having provided a successful proof-of-concept demonstration, the dimensioning of an end-to-end photonic-aided payload receiver is here studied. It comprises the proposed OBFN fed by 100 antenna elements (AEs) in a multibeam scenario, also providing an estimation of the system’s power consumption.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2019
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 11180, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2018, 1118079 (12 July 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2536180
Show Author Affiliations
Vanessa C. Duarte, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
IHP– Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics (Portugal)
João G. Prata, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
Rogério N. Nogueira, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)
Watgrid Lda. (Portugal)
Georg Winzer, IHP (Germany)
Lars Zimmermann, IHP (Germany)
Rob Walker, aXenic Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Stephen Clements, aXenic Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Marta Filipowicz, InPhoTech (Poland)
Marek Napierala, InPhoTech (Poland)
Tomasz Nasilowski, InPhoTech (Poland)
Jonathan Crabb, Gooch & Housego (Torquay) Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Leontios Stampoulidis, Gooch & Housego Systems Technology Group (United Kingdom)
Javad Anzalchi, Airbus Defence and Space (United Kingdom)
Miguel V. Drummond, Instituto de Telecomunicações (Portugal)


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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