Space Evaluation of Optical Modulators for Microwave Photonic On-Board Applications

Le Kernec, Arnaud and Sotom, M. and Benazet, M. and Barbero, Juan and Peñate, L. and Maignan, M. and Esquivias Moscardo, Ignacio and López Hernández, Francisco and Karafolas, Nikos (2010). Space Evaluation of Optical Modulators for Microwave Photonic On-Board Applications. In: "International Conference on Space Optics ICSO 2010", 04/10/2010 - 08/10/2010, Isla de Rodas, Grecia.

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Title: Space Evaluation of Optical Modulators for Microwave Photonic On-Board Applications
Author/s:
  • Le Kernec, Arnaud
  • Sotom, M.
  • Benazet, M.
  • Barbero, Juan
  • Peñate, L.
  • Maignan, M.
  • Esquivias Moscardo, Ignacio
  • López Hernández, Francisco
  • Karafolas, Nikos
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: International Conference on Space Optics ICSO 2010
Event Dates: 04/10/2010 - 08/10/2010
Event Location: Isla de Rodas, Grecia
Title of Book: Proceedings of the International Conference on Space Optics ICSO 2010
Date: 2010
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Telecomunicación (UPM)
Department: Tecnología Fotónica [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Since several years, perspectives and assets offered by photonic technologies compared with their traditional RF counterparts (mass and volume reduction, transparency to RF frequency, RF isolation), make them particularly attractive for space applications [1] and, in particular, telecommunication satellites [2]. However, the development of photonic payload concepts have concurrently risen and made the problem of the ability of optoelectronic components to withstand space environment more and more pressing. Indeed, photonic components used in such photonic payloads architectures come from terrestrial networks applications in order to benefit from research and development in this field. This paper presents some results obtained in the frame of an ESA-funded project, carried out by Thales Alenia Space France, as prime contractor, and Alter Technology Group Spain (ATG) and Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM), as subcontractors, one objective of which was to assess commercial high frequency optical intensity modulators for space use through a functional and environmental test campaign. Their potential applications in microwave photonic sub-systems of telecom satellite payloads are identified and related requirements are presented. Optical modulator technologies are reviewed and compared through, but not limited to, a specific figure of merit, taking into account two key features of these components : optical insertion loss and RF half-wave voltage. Some conclusions on these different technologies are given, on the basis of the test results, and their suitability for the targeted applications and environment is highlighted.

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Item ID: 7913
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/7913/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:7913
Official URL: http://www.congrex.nl/10a02/
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 27 Jul 2011 08:34
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 16:51
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