9 August 2016 Development, testing, and initial space qualification of 1.5-μm, high-power (6 W), pulse-position-modulated fiber laser transmitter for deep-space laser communication
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We report on the development, testing, and initial space qualification of a 1.5-μm, high-power (6 W), high wall-plug efficiency (∼15%), pulse-position-modulated (PPM), polarization-maintaining, fiber laser transmitter subsystem for deep-space laser communication links. Programmable high-order PPM modulation up to PPM-128 formats, with discrete pulse slots ranging from 0.5 to 8 ns, satisfies variety of link requirements for deep-space laser communication to Mars, asteroids, and other deep-space relay links, as per the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s space laser communication roadmap. We also present initial space qualification results from thermal-vacuum tests, vibration testing, radiation testing, and an overall reliability assessment.
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Shantanu Gupta, Doruk Engin, Dave Pachowicz, Jean-Luc Fouron, Juan Lander, Xung Dang, Slava Litvinovitch, Ti Chuang, Kent Puffenberger, Frank Kimpel, Rich Utano, Malcolm Wright, "Development, testing, and initial space qualification of 1.5-μm, high-power (6 W), pulse-position-modulated fiber laser transmitter for deep-space laser communication," Optical Engineering 55(11), 111606 (9 August 2016). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.55.11.111606 . Submission:
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