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Acousto-optic time- and space-integrating spotlight-mode SAR processor
Author(s): Michael W. Haney; James J. Levy; Robert R. Michael
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Paper Abstract

The technical approach and recent experimental results for the acousto-optic time- and space- integrating real-time SAR image formation processor program are reported. The concept overcomes the size and power consumption limitations of electronic approaches by using compact, rugged, and low-power analog optical signal processing techniques for the most computationally taxing portions of the SAR imaging problem. Flexibility and performance are maintained by the use of digital electronics for the critical low-complexity filter generation and output image processing functions. The results include a demonstration of the processor's ability to perform high-resolution spotlight-mode SAR imaging by simultaneously compensating for range migration and range/azimuth coupling in the analog optical domain, thereby avoiding a highly power-consuming digital interpolation or reformatting operation usually required in all-electronic approaches.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 September 1993
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1958, Transition of Optical Processors into Systems 1993, (17 September 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.157126
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Michael W. Haney, BDM Federal Inc. (United States)
James J. Levy, BDM Federal Inc. (United States)
Robert R. Michael, BDM Federal Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1958:
Transition of Optical Processors into Systems 1993
David P. Casasent, Editor(s)

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