Deep-space optical communications: Future perspectives and applications

Hamid Hemmati, Abhijit Biswas, Ivan B Djordjevic

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Abstract

The concept of deep-space optical communications was formulated shortly after the invention of lasers. The promise of laser communications, high data rate delivery with significantly reduced aperture size for the flight terminal, led to the pursuit of several successful experiments from Earth orbit and provided the incentive for further demonstrations to extend the range to deep space. This paper is aimed at presenting an overview of the current status of optical communications with an emphasis on deep space. Future perspectives and applications of optical communications related to near-Earth and interplanetary communications are also addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5985459
Pages (from-to)2020-2039
Number of pages20
JournalProceedings of the IEEE
Volume99
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011

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Optical communication
Earth (planet)
Optical links
Patents and inventions
Orbits
Demonstrations
Lasers
Communication
Experiments

Keywords

  • Deep-space optical communications
  • laser communications
  • lasers
  • photon-counting detectors

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Deep-space optical communications : Future perspectives and applications. / Hemmati, Hamid; Biswas, Abhijit; Djordjevic, Ivan B.

In: Proceedings of the IEEE, Vol. 99, No. 11, 5985459, 11.2011, p. 2020-2039.

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Hemmati, Hamid ; Biswas, Abhijit ; Djordjevic, Ivan B. / Deep-space optical communications : Future perspectives and applications. In: Proceedings of the IEEE. 2011 ; Vol. 99, No. 11. pp. 2020-2039.
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