Free-Space Laser Communications
EC ENGR 810.40
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This course provides an introduction and overview of laser communication principles and technologies for unguided, free-space beam propagation.
What you can learn.
- Understand link budget analysis, as the basis of laser communications transceiver design
- Gain a comprehensive understanding of the components and subsystems that constitute a laser communications transceiver
- Identify the fundamental performance advantages of optical (laser) over RF communication
- Assess the atmospheric effect degradation mechanisms
About this course:
Laser communication is emerging as an appealing alternative to RF communication for links between satellites as well as other terrestrial applications. Intended for engineers, scientists, managers, or professionals who desire greater technical depth, as well as RF communication engineers who need to assess this competing technology, this course provides an introduction and overview of laser communication principles and technologies for unguided, free-space beam propagation. Special emphasis is on highlighting the differences and similarities to RF communications and other laser systems, and design issues and options relevant to future laser communication terminals for which there currently are no textbook solutions.