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Novel optical-fiber-based conical scan tracking device
Author(s): Ulrich A. Johann; Klaus Pribil; Heinz Sontag
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Paper Abstract

A fast optical fiber based tracking detector has been developed, tested and characterized as a cmponent for a coherent Nd:YAG laser space communication system. A freely suspended and conductively coated single-mode fiber end is excited to a fast small amplitude conical motion when electrostatically deflected close to its mechanical resonances by the capacitive action of one or two electrodes. The induced intensity modulation of the laser light coupled into the fiber is phase-sensitively detected (optionally after coherent amplification) and used for spatial input coupling optimization in a servo loop steering the laser beam. Modulation frequencies higher than 10 kHz are feasible in a very compact, rugged device at low power consumption. The device can also be modified for scanning of a transmitter beam.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1522, Optical Space Communication II, (1 May 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46079
Show Author Affiliations
Ulrich A. Johann, Dornier GmbH (Germany)
Klaus Pribil, Dornier GmbH (Germany)
Heinz Sontag, Dornier GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1522:
Optical Space Communication II
Juergen Franz, Editor(s)

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