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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 30 — Oct. 20, 2013
  • pp: 7342–7351

Lasers for coherent optical satellite links with large dynamics

Nicola Chiodo, Khelifa Djerroud, Ouali Acef, André Clairon, and Peter Wolf  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 30, pp. 7342-7351 (2013)

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We present the experimental realization of a laser system for ground-to-satellite optical Doppler ranging at the atmospheric turbulence limit. Such a system needs to display good frequency stability (a few parts in 1014) while allowing large and well-controlled frequency sweeps of ±12GHz at rates exceeding 100MHz/s. Furthermore it needs to be sufficiently compact and robust for transportation to different astronomical observation sites, where it is to be interfaced with satellite ranging telescopes. We demonstrate that our system fulfills those requirements and should therefore allow operation of ground to low Earth orbit satellite coherent optical links limited only by atmospheric turbulence.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1330) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric turbulence
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication
(140.3425) Lasers and laser optics : Laser stabilization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: May 14, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 16, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 25, 2013
Published: October 16, 2013

Nicola Chiodo, Khelifa Djerroud, Ouali Acef, André Clairon, and Peter Wolf, "Lasers for coherent optical satellite links with large dynamics," Appl. Opt. 52, 7342-7351 (2013)

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