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Photonic Lanterns for Optical Communications

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Project Introduction

We propose to investigate the use of photonic lanterns for free space optical communications. Photonic lanterns have the potential to provide a pathway to lowering the cost and complexity of future optical ground stations by eliminating the need for extremely costly Adaptive Optics. In coherent optical communications, they also offer the possibility of arraying small low cost receive telescopes to provide greater collection area at much lower cost than a single large aperture receiver.

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