Survey on multi quantum well beam-steering device for laser satellite communication

R. Lahat, I. Levi, S. Arnon

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With the increasing interest in laser satellite communications, new methods are sought to solve the existing problems of accurate and rapid laser beam deflection. Current solutions in the form of galvanometers or piezo fast steering mirrors with one or two degrees of freedom are bulky, power-consuming and slow. The Multi-Quantum Well (MQW) is a semiconductor device with unique potential to steer laser beams without any moving parts. We have conducted a preliminary evaluation of the potential application of the MQW as a laser beam-steering device for laser satellite communication, examining the performance of critical parameters for this type of communications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-189
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002
EventFree-Space Laser Communication and Laser Imaging - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 30 Jul 200131 Jul 2001


  • Beam-steering device
  • Laser satellite communications
  • Multi-quantum wells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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