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1 March 2008 Effect of the sampling rate of the tracking system on free-space laser communications
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Lasers play an ever-increasing role in aerospace communication systems by providing the most logical connectivity channels. They drive the advancements in modern optoelectronics; however, successful implementation of this technology hinges on having an equally advanced beam-steering system for tracking the communication counterpart in the presence of complex maneuvers and the resident vibration of the airframe. The work presented in this paper concentrates on the development of agile acousto-optic beam-steering systems for laser communication terminals, which use constant-gain controllers augmented with an adaptive Kalman filter. Experimental results are presented to demonstrate communication performance as a function of the sampling rate in the tracking loop.
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Vladimir V. Nikulin, Jozef Sofka, and Rahul M. Khandekar "Effect of the sampling rate of the tracking system on free-space laser communications," Optical Engineering 47(3), 036003 (1 March 2008).
Published: 1 March 2008

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