24 September 2013 Fiber laser systems for space lasercom and remote sensing
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Space based laser remote-sensing for Earth observation and planetary atmospheres has traditionally relied on the mature diode-pumped solid-state laser and nonlinear frequency conversion technology. We highlight representative examples, including ongoing space mission programs at Fibertek. Key design issues are highlighted, and the lessons learned from a multi-disciplinary design process addressing the space-qualification requirements. Fiber laser/amplifier system provides an agile optical platform for space based laser applications ‒ space lasercom, space-based Earth (or planetary) remote sensing, and space-based imaging. In particular we discuss ongoing efforts at Fibertek on a space-qualifiable, high-performance 1.5-μm Er-doped fiber laser transmitter for inter-planetary lasercom. Design and performance for space qualification is emphasized. As an example of an agile laser platform, use of above fiber laser/amplifier hardware platform for space based sensing of atmospheric CO2 is also highlighted.
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Shantanu Gupta, Doruk Engin, Kent Puffenberger, Slava Litvinovich, Frank Kimpel, Rich Utano, "Fiber laser systems for space lasercom and remote sensing", Proc. SPIE 8876, Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments VII, 88760E (24 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2025888; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2025888
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