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Characterization of fast-steering mirrors at both high and low temperatures
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Paper Abstract

In free space optical communications (FSO) systems, fast steering mirrors (FSMs) are commonly used for closed loop tracking. Newer, lighter-weight and lower-power consumption, MEMS devices are also being considered for beam steering applications. Since FSO systems have to be capable of operating under a variety of conditions, robust components are needed to withstand the various temperatures and other environmental factors. This paper reports on thermal measurements over a temperature range of -40°C to 60°C that were made to show operational capability and to highlight any systematic issues associated with the operation of various commercially available, high-speed beam steering mirrors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 March 2020
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 11272, Free-Space Laser Communications XXXII, 112721K (2 March 2020);
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Lindsey Willstatter, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Rita Mahon, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Joseph Ghiorzi, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jonathan Rabinovich, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Linda M. Thomas, U.S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11272:
Free-Space Laser Communications XXXII
Hamid Hemmati; Don M. Boroson, Editor(s)

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