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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 36, Iss. 14 — May. 10, 1997
  • pp: 3165–3173

Laboratory validation of range-resolved reflective tomography signal-to-noise expressions

Charles L. Matson and Jim Boger  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 36, Issue 14, pp. 3165-3173 (1997)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.36.003165


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Abstract

The Air Force Phillips Laboratory is in the process of demonstrating an advanced space surveillance capability with a heterodyne laser radar (ladar) system. Notable features of this ladar system include its narrow micropulses (<1.5 ns) contained in a pulse-burst wave form that allows high-resolution range data to be obtained and its high power (30 J/pulse burst) that permits reasonable signal returns from satellites. Recently, time-resolved image-domain signal-to-noise ratios have been derived for both the intensity projections calculated from the range-resolved reflective data and image information obtained with linear combinations of the projections. In this paper the signal-to-noise expression for intensity projections is validated by laboratory data.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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Charles L. Matson and Jim Boger, "Laboratory validation of range-resolved reflective tomography signal-to-noise expressions," Appl. Opt. 36, 3165-3173 (1997)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-36-14-3165

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