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Current technologies available for deep-space optical data transmission and networking are discussed in this paper, as well as ongoing experiments, future perspectives, and applications. ABSTRACT | The concept of deep-space optical communications was formulated shortly after the invention of lasers. The promise of laser communications, high data rate(More)
We report on engineering trades that led to the conceptual design of a laser communications terminal for a spacecraft orbiting Mars. The flight terminal, the ground receiver and the ground transmitter subsystems are described. The designed system is capable of 0.25 Gb/s downlink data-rate, 0.3 Mb/s uplink data-rate, and ranging with a 30 cm precision when(More)
Several microwatts of tunable cw radiation near 194 nm in a linewidth of less than 2 MHz have been generated by sum-frequency mixing the radiation from a frequency-doubled argon-ion laser with the radiation from a ring dye laser in a crystal of potassium pentaborate. An external ring cavity resonant with the dye laser gives an enhancement factor of about 14(More)
The Laser Astrometric Test Of Relativity (LATOR) is a joint European-U.S. Michelson-Morley-type experiment designed to test the metric nature of gravitation – a fundamental postulate of Einstein's theory of general relativ-ity. By using a combination of independent time-series of highly accurate gravitational deflection of light in the immediate proximity(More)
Diode-pumped optical parametric oscillation has been demonstrated for the first time to our knowledge in a single Nd:MgO:LiNbO(3) nonlinear crystal. The crystal is pumped by a semiconductor diode laser array at 812 nm. The Nd(3+) ions absorb the 812-nm radiation to generate 1084-nm laser oscillation. On internal Q switching the 1084-nm radiation pumps the(More)
Advanced Radio Interferometry Between Space and Earth (ARISE) is a space very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) mission with a nominal launch date of 2008. It consists of an inflatable 25-m radio telescope circulating in a highly elliptical Earth orbit with a perigee of 5,000 km and an apogee of 40,000 km. The objective is to observe in conjunction with(More)
Continuous-wave action is obtained at 2.07 microm from a 2-mm-long Tm-sensitized Ho:YLiF(4) crystal at room temperature when longitudinally pumped by a pair of diode-laser arrays. Laser output power at 300 K is 26 mW, with a 30% slope efficiency and a lasing threshold of 108 mW. A maximum output power of 187 mW is obtained from a 4-mm-long crystal at 77 K,(More)