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12 April 1988 Optically Controlled Phased-Array Technology For Space Communication Systems
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Proceedings Volume 0886, Optoelectronic Signal Processing for Phased-Array Antennas; (1988) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.944201
Event: 1988 Los Angeles Symposium: O-E/LASE '88, 1988, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Abstract
Using MMICs in phased-array applications above 20 GHz requires complex RF and control signal distribution systems. Conventional waveguide, coaxial cable, and microstrip methods are undesirable due to their high weight, high loss, limited mechanical flexibility and large volume. An attractive alternative to these transmission media, for RF and control signal distribution in MMIC phased array antennas, is optical fiber. Presented are potential system architectures and their associated characteristics. The status of high frequency opto-electronic components needed to realize the potential system architectures is also discussed. It is concluded that an optical fiber network will reduce weight and complexity, and increase reliability and performance, but may require higher power.
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Richard R Kunath and Kul B Bhasin "Optically Controlled Phased-Array Technology For Space Communication Systems", Proc. SPIE 0886, Optoelectronic Signal Processing for Phased-Array Antennas, (12 April 1988); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.944201
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