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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 20 — Sep. 27, 2010
  • pp: 20759–20773

Laser ranging and communications for LISA

Andrew Sutton, Kirk McKenzie, Brent Ware, and Daniel A. Shaddock  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 20, pp. 20759-20773 (2010)

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The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) will use Time Delay Interferometry (TDI) to suppress the otherwise dominant laser frequency noise. The technique uses sub-sample interpolation of the recorded optical phase measurements to form a family of interferometric combinations immune to frequency noise. This paper reports on the development of a Pseudo-Random Noise laser ranging system used to measure the sub-sample interpolation time shifts required for TDI operation. The system also includes an optical communication capability that meets the 20 kbps LISA requirement. An experimental demonstration of an integrated LISA phase measurement and ranging system achieved a ≈ 0.19 m rms absolute range error with a 0.5 Hz signal bandwidth, surpassing the 1 m rms LISA specification. The range measurement is limited by mutual interference between the ranging signals exchanged between spacecraft and the interaction of the ranging code with the phase measurement.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(280.3400) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser range finder
(350.1270) Other areas of optics : Astronomy and astrophysics

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: August 3, 2010
Revised Manuscript: September 10, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: September 13, 2010
Published: September 15, 2010

Andrew Sutton, Kirk McKenzie, Brent Ware, and Daniel A. Shaddock, "Laser ranging and communications for LISA," Opt. Express 18, 20759-20773 (2010)

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