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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 25 — Dec. 7, 2009
  • pp: 22333–22340

Polarization measurements through space-to-ground atmospheric propagation paths by using a highly polarized laser source in space

Morio Toyoshima, Hideki Takenaka, Yozo Shoji, Yoshihisa Takayama, Yoshisada Koyama, and Hiroo Kunimori  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 25, pp. 22333-22340 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.022333


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Abstract

The polarization characteristics of an artificial laser source in space were measured through space-to-ground atmospheric transmission paths. An existing Japanese laser communication satellite and optical ground station were used to measure Stokes parameters and the degree of polarization of the laser beam transmitted from the satellite. As a result, the polarization was preserved within an rms error of 1.6°, and the degree of polarization was 99.4±4.4% through the space-to-ground atmosphere. These results contribute to the link estimation for quantum key distribution via space and provide the potential for enhancements in quantum cryptography worldwide in the future.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1300) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric propagation
(010.3310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Laser beam transmission
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(060.2605) Fiber optics and optical communications : Free-space optical communication
(270.5568) Quantum optics : Quantum cryptography

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 2, 2009
Revised Manuscript: November 9, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 11, 2009
Published: November 23, 2009

Citation
Morio Toyoshima, Hideki Takenaka, Yozo Shoji, Yoshihisa Takayama, Yoshisada Koyama, and Hiroo Kunimori, "Polarization measurements through space-to-ground atmospheric propagation paths by using a highly polarized laser source in space," Opt. Express 17, 22333-22340 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-25-22333


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