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CLEO: Science and Innovations
San Jose, California United States
May 6-11, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-55752-943-5
Symposium on Space Optical Systems: Opportunities and Challenges II (JW3C)

Stabilized Lasers for Space Applications: A High TRL Optical Cavity Reference System

Robert Pierce, Michelle Stephens, Jim Leitch, Paul Kaptchen, David Bender, William M. Folkner, William M. Klipstein, Daniel Shaddock, Robert Spero, Robert Thompson, Nan Yu, and Micheal Watkins  »View Author Affiliations


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We have developed a laser stabilization system capable of measuring nm-level distance variations between satellites separated on orbit by 250 km. We describe construction of the reference cavity, show performance results and environmental tests.

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OCIS Codes
(120.2230) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Fabry-Perot
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(120.6085) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Space instrumentation

R. Pierce, M. Stephens, J. Leitch, P. Kaptchen, D. Bender, W. M. Folkner, W. M. Klipstein, D. Shaddock, R. Spero, R. Thompson, N. Yu, and M. Watkins, "Stabilized Lasers for Space Applications: A High TRL Optical Cavity Reference System," in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 2012, OSA Technical Digest (online) (Optical Society of America, 2012), paper JW3C.3.

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