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  • Vol. 10, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 1971
  • pp: 2446–2451

Optimum Signal Processing for Distance Measurement with Lasers

E. Gatti and S. Donati  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 10, Issue 11, pp. 2446-2451 (1971)

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The measurement accuracy of laser telemeters have been analyzed, taking into account the statistical properties of the propagation, detection, and measure process. For an arbitrary waveform of the light intensity modulation envelope, the optimum filter response and the resulting accuracy are found. As special cases, the optical radar and the sine wave modulation techniques have been considered, and their accuracy and optimum mode of operation are evaluated and discussed.

© 1971 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: March 29, 1971
Published: November 1, 1971

E. Gatti and S. Donati, "Optimum Signal Processing for Distance Measurement with Lasers," Appl. Opt. 10, 2446-2451 (1971)

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