A large aperture, moderate quality segmented optical array for use in noncoherent space-to-ground laser communications is determined as a function of resolution, diameter, focal length, and number of segments in the array. Secondary optics and construction tolerances are also discussed. Performance predictions show a typical receiver to be capable of megahertz communications at Mars distances during daylight operation.
© 1968 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 17, 1967
Published: August 1, 1968
R. F. Lucy, "Large Aperture Segmented Optics for Space-to-Ground Communications," Appl. Opt. 7, 1571-1576 (1968)