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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 11 — Apr. 10, 2013
  • pp: 2353–2362

Feasibility of utilizing Cherenkov Telescope Array gamma-ray telescopes as free-space optical communication ground stations

Alberto Carrasco-Casado, Mariafernanda Vilera, Ricardo Vergaz, and Juan Francisco Cabrero  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 11, pp. 2353-2362 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.52.002353


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Abstract

The signals that will be received on Earth from deep-space probes in future implementations of free-space optical communication will be extremely weak, and new ground stations will have to be developed in order to support these links. This paper addresses the feasibility of using the technology developed in the gamma-ray telescopes that will make up the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) observatory in the implementation of a new kind of ground station. Among the main advantages that these telescopes provide are the much larger apertures needed to overcome the power limitation that ground-based gamma-ray astronomy and optical communication both have. Also, the large number of big telescopes that will be built for CTA will make it possible to reduce costs by economy-scale production, enabling optical communications in the large telescopes that will be needed for future deep-space links.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.6770) Imaging systems : Telescopes
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

History
Original Manuscript: January 14, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 20, 2013
Published: April 10, 2013

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Alberto Carrasco-Casado, Mariafernanda Vilera, Ricardo Vergaz, and Juan Francisco Cabrero, "Feasibility of utilizing Cherenkov Telescope Array gamma-ray telescopes as free-space optical communication ground stations," Appl. Opt. 52, 2353-2362 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-52-11-2353


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