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Time-integrating compact hybrid optical processor for SAR image formation
Author(s): Carl C. Aleksoff; Nikola S. Subotic; Ivan Cindrich
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Paper Abstract

The development and airborne demonstration of a compact realtime optical processor for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) image formation under the DARPA TOPS program is described. The ERIM spotlight mode SAR system and its processing requirements are presented. It is shown that a 2-D Fourier transforming time-integrating interferometrically based optical processor is an attractive solution to the processing requirements. The optical processor uses a modulated laser diode for radar signal insertion, crossed acousto-opto scanners for 2-D scanning, a modified Köster interferometer for fringe generation, fast detector arrays for light detection and integration, and accumulating frame grabbers to build up the dynamic range of the image. Analysis, simulation, and laboratory experimental results are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 August 1992
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 1704, Advances in Optical Information Processing V, (24 August 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.139929
Show Author Affiliations
Carl C. Aleksoff, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (United States)
Nikola S. Subotic, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (United States)
Ivan Cindrich, Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1704:
Advances in Optical Information Processing V
Dennis R. Pape, Editor(s)

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