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9 March 2020 Optimal coherent beam combining based on Multi-Plane Light Conversion for high throughput optical feeder links (Conference Presentation)
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Proceedings Volume 11272, Free-Space Laser Communications XXXII; 112720Y (2020) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2545634
Event: SPIE LASE, 2020, San Francisco, California, United States
Abstract
Free-space optical links are being considered for high throughput feeder links in satellite communication. Optical power up to 500 W is required at the optical ground terminal, which represents a challenge for current technologies. One way to scale power whilst preserving beam quality is coherent beam combining. Here, we present a novel technique based on Multi-Plane Light Conversion, consisting in a spatial multiplexer whose output modes form a Gaussian beam when superimposed constructively. The beam combiner is fully reflective, enabling kW optical power. We demonstrate a mode purity and a total efficiency higher than the conventional tiled apertures technique.
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Antonin Billaud, Fausto Gomez, David Allioux, Nicolas Laurenchet, Pu Jian, Olivier Pinel, and Guillaume Labroille "Optimal coherent beam combining based on Multi-Plane Light Conversion for high throughput optical feeder links (Conference Presentation)", Proc. SPIE 11272, Free-Space Laser Communications XXXII, 112720Y (9 March 2020); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2545634
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