Optimum transmitter optics aperture for satellite optical communication

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An important aspect in satellite optical communication is to obtain minimum bit error rate (BER) using minimum power. This aim can be achieved with very small transmitter beam divergence angles. The disadvantages of too narrow divergence angle is that the transmitter beam may sometimes miss the receiver satellite, due to pointing vibrations. A mathematical model of communication and tracking systems that optimize the BER as function of the transmitter gain is derived.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)590-596
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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