22 April 1996 Performance evaluation of a liquid crystal beam-steering/beam-spoiling device developed for space communication applications
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Proceedings Volume 2699, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VIII; (1996); doi: 10.1117/12.238426
Event: Photonics West '96, 1996, San Jose, CA, United States
Abstract
For inter satellite cross links the use of optical communications technology has the potential of reducing the size, weight and power consumption of current rf communication terminals. Since the electromechanical hardware for pointing, acquisition and tracking i.e. mirrors, motors and actuators are counter productive to these goals, several technologies for non- mechanical beam steering and beam diverging have been developed as an alternative. This paper describes a nematic liquid crystal phased array which is capable of simultaneously steering and diverging a laser beam. Characteristics such as insertion loss, steer range, steering speed are considered for the application of optical satellite communication. Since liquid crystals respond very slowly to a change in drive voltage, methods for increasing the speed were investigated. A series of measurements was performed to evaluate an optimized drive algorithm. As a result of these measurements ideas for an improved design are presented.
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Bernhard Wandernoth, Paul J. Oleski, "Performance evaluation of a liquid crystal beam-steering/beam-spoiling device developed for space communication applications", Proc. SPIE 2699, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies VIII, (22 April 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.238426; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.238426
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Liquid crystals

Electrodes

LCDs

Phased array optics

Electronics

Satellites

Liquids

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