Synthetic aperture imaging ladar (SAIL) technique belongs fully coherent processing in both the time domain and space domain and has a rather high implement difficulty. To solve this problem, the concept of circular incoherently SAIL is introduced. A speckle version image of a two-dimensional (2D) letter 'E' target is reconstructed from E-field projection data detected by a circular incoherently SAIL system. The experimental system is constructed by three subsystems using chirped-pulse laser as the light source and heterodyne detection to get the range information of the target. The reconstruction of the image and the noise effect are also discussed in detail.
© 2012 Chinese Optics Letters
Yi Yan, Jianfeng Sun, Xiaofeng Jin, Yu Zhou, Yanan Zhi, and Liren Liu, "Experimental research of circular incoherently synthetic aperture imaging ladar using chirped-laser and heterodyne detection," Chin. Opt. Lett. 10, 091101-091101 (2012)