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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 25 — Dec. 8, 2008
  • pp: 20503–20515

Simulation, acquisition and analysis of passive millimeter-wave images in remote sensing applications

M. R. Fetterman, J. Grata, G. Jubic, W. L. Kiser, Jr., and A. Visnansky  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 25, pp. 20503-20515 (2008)

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We report on the development of a passive millimeter-wave (MMW) imager for remote sensing, and the comparison of the experimentally acquired images with the theoretical images from our MMW scene simulator. The imager has an aperture diameter of 0.6m, and the detector and the imaging optics are mechanically raster-scanned over the scene to form an image. The angular resolution was experimentally found to be 0.4 degrees, which is close to the theoretical diffraction limit of 0.37 degrees, and the imager NEDT was measured to be 0.9K. Qualitatively, simulated MMW imagery showed good agreement with an experimental MMW image.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(040.2235) Detectors : Far infrared or terahertz
(110.6795) Imaging systems : Terahertz imaging

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

Original Manuscript: October 6, 2008
Revised Manuscript: November 17, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: November 19, 2008
Published: November 25, 2008

M. R. Fetterman, J. Grata, G. Jubic, W. L. Kiser, Jr., and A. Visnansky, "Simulation, acquisition and analysis of passive millimeter-wave images in remote sensing applications," Opt. Express 16, 20503-20515 (2008)

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