Gain-switched seed laser for Deep Space communication applications

Paweł Grześ, Maria Michalska, Jacek Świderski

Abstract


Deep Space (DS) communication plays an important role in space exploration programs, especially in interplanetary flights projects. To resolve limitations of a well-known microwave link, an optical communication is considered. In the article a gain-switched seed laser for high power transmitter in a Master Oscillator Power Amplifier (MOPA) architecture is presented. This optical signal source is able to generate picosecond pulses on demand and is suitable for high speed data link over a long range. The laser is dedicated to the pulse position modulation (PPM) scheme for low power consuming, high capacity and energy efficient optical communication.

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