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Near-Earth Laser Communications, Second Edition

2nd Edition

Edited by Hamid Hemmati

CRC Press

475 pages | 225 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781498777407
pub: 2019-12-15
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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editor

Hamid Hemmati, Ph.D., is the Director of Engineering for Telecom Infrastructure at Facebook. Prior to that he was with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology for 28 years as Principal Member of Staff and the Supervisor of the Optical Communications Group. Prior to joining JPL in 1986, he was a researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and at NIST. Dr. Hemmati has published over 200 journal and conference papers, nine patents granted and two pending. He is the editor and author of two books: "Deep Space Optical Communications" and "Near-Earth Laser Communications" and author of five other book chapters. In 2011 he received NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal. He has also received 3 NASA Space Act Board Awards, and 36 NASA certificates of appreciation. He is a Fellow member of OSA (Optical Society of America) and the SPIE (Society of Optical Engineers). Dr. Hemmati’s research interests are in providing global Internet connectivity, developing laser and millimeter-wave communications technologies and low complexity, compact flight electro-optical systems for both satellite and inter-planetary communications and science. Research activities include: managing the development of a flight lasercom and millimeter-wave terminals for global Internet deliver applications, electro-optical systems engineering, pulsed fiber lasers, flight qualification of optical and electro-optical systems and components; large optical telescopes, biomimetic application animal eyes in unique imaging systems; active and adaptive optics; and laser beam acquisition, tracking and pointing.

About the Series

Optical Science and Engineering

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Optics
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Mobile & Wireless Communications