Measurements of signal amplitude distributions with a FM-cw CO2 laser radar have various targets in both imaging and staring modes. Data show good agreement with theoretical distributions. From the measurements conclusions are drawn about the atmospheric- as well as target-induced effects. Beam wandering effects are shown to be of importance in the staring mode.
© 1986 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 15, 1986
Published: November 1, 1986
Dietmar Letalick, Ingmar Renhorn, and Ove Steinvall, "Measured signal amplitude distributions for a coherent FM-cw CO2 laser radar," Appl. Opt. 25, 3927-3938 (1986)