24 April 1997 Evaluation of far-field pattern of laser transmitter onboard the Laser Communication Equipment
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A far-field pattern of an onboard laser transmitter was measured using a trans-atmospheric optical link over 35,000 km range between a satellite and an optical ground station. The acquisition of the far-field pattern is made in use of a new proposed statistical analysis of downlink irradiance data obtained at the ground station. Tracking/pointing statistical characteristics of the transmitter is taken into account in order to estimate downlink irradiance when there would be no atmospheric scintillation effects. The peak directive gain of the downlink laser beam was 104.3 dB. The beam width was 28.5 X 17.5 (mu) rad. These results were consistent with the results at a laboratory test performed before launch of the satellite.
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Morio Toyoshima, Morio Toyoshima, Takayuki Fukazawa, Takayuki Fukazawa, Masahiro Toyoda, Masahiro Toyoda, Tetsuo Takahashi, Tetsuo Takahashi, Motokazu Shikatani, Motokazu Shikatani, Yoshinori Arimoto, Yoshinori Arimoto, Kenichi Araki, Kenichi Araki, Tadashi Aruga, Tadashi Aruga, "Evaluation of far-field pattern of laser transmitter onboard the Laser Communication Equipment", Proc. SPIE 2990, Free-Space Laser Communication Technologies IX, (24 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.273704; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.273704

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