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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 36 — Dec. 20, 2012
  • pp: 8836–8847

Signal-to-noise performance analysis of streak tube imaging lidar systems. II. Theoretical analysis and discussion

Lei Wu, Xiaopeng Wang, Hongru Yang, Bing Yu, Chao Chen, Bin Yang, Liang Yuan, Lipeng Wu, Zhanli Xue, Gaoping Li, and Baoning Wu  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 36, pp. 8836-8847 (2012)

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In the preceding paper (referred to here as paper I), we presented a general signal-to-noise performance analysis of a streak tube imaging lidar (STIL) system within the framework of linear cascaded systems theory. A cascaded model is proposed for characterizing the signal-to-noise performance of a STIL system with an internal or external intensified streak tube receiver. The STIL system can be decomposed into a series of cascaded imaging chains whose signal and noise transfer properties are described by the general (or the spatial-frequency dependent) noise factors (NFs). Equations for the general NFs of the cascaded chains (or the main components) in the STIL system are derived. This work investigates the signal-to-noise performance of an external intensified STIL system. The implementation of the cascaded model for predicting and evaluating the signal-to-noise performance of the external intensified STIL system is described. Some factors that limit the signal-to-noise performance of the external intensified STIL system are analyzed and discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(030.4280) Coherence and statistical optics : Noise in imaging systems
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(110.4280) Imaging systems : Noise in imaging systems
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

Original Manuscript: August 13, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 13, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 16, 2012
Published: December 20, 2012

Lei Wu, Xiaopeng Wang, Hongru Yang, Bing Yu, Chao Chen, Bin Yang, Liang Yuan, Lipeng Wu, Zhanli Xue, Gaoping Li, and Baoning Wu, "Signal-to-noise performance analysis of streak tube imaging lidar systems. II. Theoretical analysis and discussion," Appl. Opt. 51, 8836-8847 (2012)

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