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Link-engineering design methodology for tandem free-space optical communication links using all optical architecture
Author(s): Kenneth E. Wilson
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Paper Abstract

The present literature on the link engineering of optical repeater systems is dominated by the methods and techniques required for link design of optical fiber systems. Such systems are characterized by short transmission spans and optical amplifiers with low output power. The worked examples in the literature usually have equal transmission losses and gains on each section. The link engineering of free space systems with irregular ranges, differing transmission losses and gains, and high power optical amplifiers presents a unique problem in determining the way to allocate system performance in a way which allows for the application of excess engineering link margin to be applied to the system in the pre-hardware development phase. A method has been developed which allows for such allocation and is presented in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 1997
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 2990, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies IX, (24 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273698
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Kenneth E. Wilson, Lockheed Martin Sanders (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2990:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies IX
G. Stephen Mecherle, Editor(s)

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