475 pages | 225 B/W Illus.
This reference provides an overview of near-earth laser communication theory developments including component and subsystem technologies, fundamental limitations, and approaches to reach those limits. It covers basic concepts and state-of-the-art technologies, emphasizing device technology, implementation techniques, and system trades. The authors discuss hardware technologies and their applications, and also explore ongoing research activities and those planned for the near future. This new edition includes two new chapters on coherent laser communication links and all-optical satellite communication networks.
Introduction. Systems Engineering and Design Drivers, Pointing, Acquisition, and Tracking. Laser Transmitters: Coherent and Direct Detections. Flight Optomechanical Assembly. Coding and Modulation for Free-Space Optical Communications. Photodetectors and Receivers. Atmospheric Channel. Optical Ground Station: Requirements and Design, Bidirectional Link Model and Performance. Reliability and Flight Qualification. Optical Satellite Networking. Coherent Laser Communications Links. All-Optical Satellite Communications Networks. Future Directions. Index