1 June 1991 Nonmechanical steering of laser beams by multiple aperture antennas: tolerance analysis
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Proceedings Volume 1417, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies III; (1991) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.43747
Event: Optics, Electro-Optics, and Laser Applications in Science and Engineering, 1991, Los Angeles, CA, United States
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.
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Wolfgang M. Neubert, Wolfgang M. Neubert, Walter R. Leeb, Walter R. Leeb, Arpad L. Scholtz, Arpad L. Scholtz, } "Nonmechanical steering of laser beams by multiple aperture antennas: tolerance analysis", Proc. SPIE 1417, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies III, (1 June 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.43747; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.43747
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