How to Design RF Amplifiers for Space-based Acousto-optic Tunable Filter Systems

Designing and building an RF amplifier that can boost a low power generated RF signal required by an AOTF crystal that acts as an optical fiber may appear to be easy for experienced RF designers. However, the special conditions required for space-based scientific instruments make this task an interesting challenge.

Two key elements are critical for the overall performance of the instrument: the acousto-optic tuneable filter (AOTF) and its associated radio frequency driver. Read the tech brief to learn more: Tech Brief

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