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Nonmechanical steering of laser beams by multiple aperture antennas: tolerance analysis
Author(s): Wolfgang M. Neubert; Walter R. Leeb; Arpad L. Scholtz
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Paper Abstract

Transfering the principle of array antennas from the microwave regime into optics results in a system which permits non-mechanical steering of laser beams. The feasibility of such an optical array antenna strongly depends on the accuracy of realization because of the small wavelengths involved. Therefore we analyzed the sensitivity of optical phased array antennas to errors in subantenna phasing, positioning and aligning. Assuming independent Gaussian error distributions we determined the resulting antenna gain reductions by calculating the average reduction and upper probability limits for reductions which exceed a certain tolerable limit.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1417, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies III, (1 June 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.43747
Show Author Affiliations
Wolfgang M. Neubert, Technische Univ. Wien (Austria)
Walter R. Leeb, Technische Univ. Wien (Austria)
Arpad L. Scholtz, Technische Univ. Wien (Austria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1417:
Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies III
David L. Begley; Bernard D. Seery, Editor(s)

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