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3 June 1987 Coherent Nd:Yag Laser Communications
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Proceedings Volume 0756, Optical Technologies for Space Communication Systems; (1987) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.940031
Event: OE LASE'87 and EO Imaging Symposium, 1987, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Abstract
The majority of today's optical communication systems employ non-coherent detection or what is commonly referred to as direct detection. However, recent advances in technology have made the concept of coherent optical detection feasible. A properly designed coherent system can offer a significant improvement in receiver sensitivity. In addition a coherent system based on diode pumped Nd:YAG technology offers the additional advantages of high source power and high reliability. This paper describes the system performance of a coherent Nd:YAG system'in terms of receiver sensitivity and compares that performance to that of a typical direct detection system. A comparison is also made between Nd:YAG and semiconductor laser diodes when used in coherent systems.
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R. A. Kobylinski "Coherent Nd:Yag Laser Communications", Proc. SPIE 0756, Optical Technologies for Space Communication Systems, (3 June 1987); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.940031
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