Compact optical pre-amplifier design and functional performance presented at SPIE Photonics West 2021

ORIONAS compact optical fiber pre-amplifier CAD model

Gooch and Housego and LEO Space Photonics report ORIONAS work on the design and functional performance of the compact, radiation resistant low noise optical fiber pre-amplifier.

Gooch and Housego presented work in “Miniaturized modules for space-based optical communication” in this year SPIE Photonics West Conference – session on Free-Space Laser Communications. The presentation included the work done in collaboration with LEO Space Photonics on the development of compact radiation resistant low noise fiber pre-amplifiers in the frames of ORIONAS project.

Paper abstract:

We present recent progress in developing miniaturized optical transmitters and receiver amplifiers for space communications. Three C-band high-speed optical transmitter designs are presented: a bespoke 300 mW version as part of TNO’s “SmallCat” terminal to fly on-board NordSat and two variants that provide 300 mW and 3 W of optical power complying to standard cubesat form factors. In addition to these transmitters, an ultra-small form factor, high gain, low noise amplifier, for boosting received signals is presented.”

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Follow the link below to download a draft of the manuscript published in Zenodo repository.

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