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Laboratory Model Of A Bidirectional Diode Laser Data Link With Acquisition And Tracking Capability
Author(s): Alexandru F. Popescu; Walter R. Leeb; Arpad L. Scholtz
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Paper Abstract

A laboratory model of a bidirectional semiconductor laser data link package with acquisition and tracking capability was realized and tested. The system consists of two independent transceivers spaced at a distance of typically 20m. The transceivers are built around a GaAlAs-laser (X=0.85μm) and a Ge-photodiode in one case and an InGaAsP-laser (X=1.3μm) and Si-detectors in the second case. The 0.85pm beam carries a 10Mbit/s data stream, while the 1.3μm beam transmits a low-data-rate signal at 160kbit/s. One transceiver is mounted on a test jig which permits transverse movement over an area of 1m x lm. At a transmitted optical power level of 0.5mW reliable data transmission (BER<10-9), pointing, acquisition (Tacquisition<10s), and tracking (NEAz2Oprad) were demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 September 1987
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0810, Optical Systems for Space Applications, (18 September 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.941548
Show Author Affiliations
Alexandru F. Popescu, Technische Universitat Wien (Austria)
Walter R. Leeb, Technische Universitat Wien (Austria)
Arpad L. Scholtz, Technische Universitat Wien (Austria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0810:
Optical Systems for Space Applications
Hanspeter Lutz; Georges Otrio, Editor(s)

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