25 September 2007 Coherent detection of position errors in inter-satellite laser communications
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Due to the improved receiver sensitivity and wavelength selectivity, coherent detection became an attractive alternative to direct detection in inter-satellite laser communications. A novel method to coherent detection of position errors information is proposed. Coherent communication system generally consists of receive telescope, local oscillator, optical hybrid, photoelectric detector and optical phase lock loop (OPLL). Based on the system composing, this method adds CCD and computer as position error detector. CCD captures interference pattern while detection of transmission data from the transmitter laser. After processed and analyzed by computer, target position information is obtained from characteristic parameter of the interference pattern. The position errors as the control signal of PAT subsystem drive the receiver telescope to keep tracking to the target. Theoretical deviation and analysis is presented. The application extends to coherent laser rang finder, in which object distance and position information can be obtained simultaneously.
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Nan Xu, Liren Liu, De'an Liu, Jianfeng Sun, Zhu Luan, "Coherent detection of position errors in inter-satellite laser communications", Proc. SPIE 6709, Free-Space Laser Communications VII, 67091I (25 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.732300; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.732300
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