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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 13, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1974
  • pp: 2489–2498

Minimization of the Prime Power Consumption of a Coupling-Modulated Gas Laser Transmitter

John J. Degnan  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 13, Issue 11, pp. 2489-2498 (1974)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.13.002489


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Abstract

The present article addresses itself to the prime power requirements of a coupling-modulated gas laser transmitter. The latter consists of a gas discharge tube and electrooptic modulator inside a laser resonator. In performing the calculations, the laser discharge length and the modulator voltage are simultaneously varied so that the transmitted power remains constant. In this way, tradeoffs can be made between the prime power supplied individually to the discharge tube and to the modulator driver to obtain a transmitter configuration that minimizes the total prime power consumption. An analytical expression is derived that describes the effects of information bandwidth and transmitter output power on the prime power requirements. Specific numerical results are obtained for a CO2 laser transmitter based on presently available experimental data.

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History
Original Manuscript: April 30, 1974
Published: November 1, 1974

Citation
John J. Degnan, "Minimization of the Prime Power Consumption of a Coupling-Modulated Gas Laser Transmitter," Appl. Opt. 13, 2489-2498 (1974)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-13-11-2489


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