Experimental demonstration of weak-light laser ranging and data communication for LISA

Juan José Esteban, Antonio F. García, Simon Barke, Antonio M. Peinado, Felipe Guzmán Cervantes, Iouri Bykov, Gerhard Heinzel, Karsten Danzmann

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Abstract

Interferometric gravitational wave detectors with an unequal and time-varying arm length configuration like the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna rely on time-delay interferometry (TDI) for laser frequency noise subtraction. However, the TDI algorithm requires a laser ranging scheme with meter accuracy over a five million kilometer arm length. At the end of each arm only about 100pW of light power will be detected for gravitational wave measurements and only 1% of this power can be used for laser ranging in order to avoid degradation in the phase stability of the science measurements. Here, we present the first experimental demonstration of such a ranging scheme at 1pW power levels using a Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DS/SS) modulation. This type of modulation also enables optical communication by encoding data with ranging signals and provides significant noise reduction against spurious interfering signals for bidirectional ranging. Experimental results show ranging measurements of 42 cm at 3 Hz and the viability of highly reliable data transfer at several kilobits per second.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15937-15946
Number of pages10
JournalOptics Express
Volume19
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 15 2011
Externally publishedYes

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laser ranging
LISA (observatory)
communication
gravitational waves
interferometry
time lag
modulation
noise reduction
viability
subtraction
optical communication
coding
degradation
detectors
configurations
lasers

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Esteban, J. J., García, A. F., Barke, S., Peinado, A. M., Cervantes, F. G., Bykov, I., ... Danzmann, K. (2011). Experimental demonstration of weak-light laser ranging and data communication for LISA. Optics Express, 19(17), 15937-15946. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.015937

Experimental demonstration of weak-light laser ranging and data communication for LISA. / Esteban, Juan José; García, Antonio F.; Barke, Simon; Peinado, Antonio M.; Cervantes, Felipe Guzmán; Bykov, Iouri; Heinzel, Gerhard; Danzmann, Karsten.

In: Optics Express, Vol. 19, No. 17, 15.08.2011, p. 15937-15946.

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Esteban, JJ, García, AF, Barke, S, Peinado, AM, Cervantes, FG, Bykov, I, Heinzel, G & Danzmann, K 2011, 'Experimental demonstration of weak-light laser ranging and data communication for LISA', Optics Express, vol. 19, no. 17, pp. 15937-15946. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.015937
Esteban, Juan José ; García, Antonio F. ; Barke, Simon ; Peinado, Antonio M. ; Cervantes, Felipe Guzmán ; Bykov, Iouri ; Heinzel, Gerhard ; Danzmann, Karsten. / Experimental demonstration of weak-light laser ranging and data communication for LISA. In: Optics Express. 2011 ; Vol. 19, No. 17. pp. 15937-15946.
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