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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 1999
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Autonomous beam alignment for coherent Doppler lidar with multielement detectors

Rod Frehlich  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 33, pp. 6927-6941 (1999)

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Autonomous beam alignment for coherent Doppler lidar requires accurate information about optical misalignment and optical aberrations. A multielement heterodyne detector provides the required information without a loss in overall system performance. The effects of statistical variations from the random backscattered field (speckle field) are determined with computer simulations for both ground-based operation with a fixed calibration target and for space-based operation with random target backscatter.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(010.3640) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Lidar
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(030.6140) Coherence and statistical optics : Speckle
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar

Original Manuscript: April 30, 1999
Revised Manuscript: July 30, 1999
Published: November 20, 1999

Rod Frehlich, "Autonomous beam alignment for coherent Doppler lidar with multielement detectors," Appl. Opt. 38, 6927-6941 (1999)

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