Abstract

A multiaperture receiver with a phased array is an effective approach to overcome the effect of the random optical disturbance in coherent free-space laser communications, in which one of the key technologies is how to efficiently combine the multiple laser beams received by the phased array antenna. A combining module based on coherent polarization beam combining (CPBC), which can combine multiple laser beams to one laser beam with high combining efficiency and output a linearly polarized beam, is proposed in this paper. The principle of the combining module is introduced, the coherent polarization combining efficiency of CPBC is analyzed, and the performance of the combining module is evaluated. Moreover, the feasibility and the expansibility of the proposed combining module are validated in experiments of CPBC based on active phase-locking.

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