Laser radar cross sections have been evaluated for a number of ideal targets such as cones, spheres, paraboloids, and cylinders by use of different reflection characteristics. The time-independent cross section is the ratio of the cross section of one of these forms to that of a plate with the same maximum radius. The time-dependent laser radar cross section involves the impulse response from the object shape multiplied by the beam’s transverse profile and the surface bidirectional reflection distribution function. It can be clearly seen that knowledge of the combined effect of object shape and reflection characteristics is important for determining the shape and the magnitude of the laser radar return. The results of this study are of interest for many laser radar applications such as ranging, three-dimensional imaging–modeling, tracking, antisensor lasers, and target recognition.
© 2000 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: October 26, 1999
Revised Manuscript: May 22, 2000
Published: August 20, 2000
Ove Steinvall, "Effects of target shape and reflection on laser radar cross sections," Appl. Opt. 39, 4381-4391 (2000)