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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 22 — Nov. 4, 2013
  • pp: 25670–25676

Investigation of spherical aberration effects on coherent lidar performance

Qi Hu, Peter John Rodrigo, Theis F. Q. Iversen, and Christian Pedersen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 22, pp. 25670-25676 (2013)

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In this paper we demonstrate experimentally the performance of a monostatic coherent lidar system under the influence of phase aberrations, especially the typically predominant spherical aberration (SA). The performance is evaluated by probing the spatial weighting function of the lidar system with different telescope configurations using a hard target. It is experimentally and numerically proven that the SA has a significant impact on lidar antenna efficiency and optimal beam truncation ratio. Furthermore, we demonstrate that both effective probing range and spatial resolution of the system are substantially influenced by SA and beam truncation.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.3340) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser Doppler velocimetry
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing

Original Manuscript: July 24, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 3, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 10, 2013
Published: October 21, 2013

Qi Hu, Peter John Rodrigo, Theis F. Q. Iversen, and Christian Pedersen, "Investigation of spherical aberration effects on coherent lidar performance," Opt. Express 21, 25670-25676 (2013)

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