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Photonically enabled Ka-band radar and infrared sensor subscale testbed
Author(s): Michele B. Lohr; Raymond M. Sova; Kevin B. Funk; Marc B. Airola; Michael L. Dennis; Richard E. Pavek; Jennifer S. Hollenbeck; Sean K. Garrison; Steven J. Conard; David H. Terry
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Paper Abstract

A subscale radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) testbed using novel RF-photonics techniques for generating radar waveforms is currently under development at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) to study target scenarios in a laboratory setting. The linearity of Maxwell’s equations allows the use of millimeter wavelengths and scaled-down target models to emulate full-scale RF scene effects. Coupled with passive IR and visible sensors, target motions and heating, and a processing and algorithm development environment, this testbed provides a means to flexibly and cost-effectively generate and analyze multi-modal data for a variety of applications, including verification of digital model hypotheses, investigation of correlated phenomenology, and aiding system capabilities assessment. In this work, concept feasibility is demonstrated for simultaneous RF, IR, and visible sensor measurements of heated, precessing, conical targets and of a calibration cylinder. Initial proof-of-principle results are shown of the Ka-band subscale radar, which models S-band for 1/10th scale targets, using stretch processing and Xpatch models.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 October 2014
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9254, Emerging Technologies in Security and Defence II; and Quantum-Physics-based Information Security III, 92540S (31 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2068251
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Michele B. Lohr, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab., LLC (United States)
Raymond M. Sova, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab., LLC (United States)
Kevin B. Funk, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab., LLC (United States)
Marc B. Airola, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab., LLC (United States)
Michael L. Dennis, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab., LLC (United States)
Richard E. Pavek, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab., LLC (United States)
Jennifer S. Hollenbeck, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab., LLC (United States)
Sean K. Garrison, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab., LLC (United States)
Steven J. Conard, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab., LLC (United States)
David H. Terry, Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Lab., LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9254:
Emerging Technologies in Security and Defence II; and Quantum-Physics-based Information Security III
Keith L. Lewis; Mark T. Gruneisen; Miloslav Dusek; Richard C. Hollins; Thomas J. Merlet; John G. Rarity; Alexander Toet, Editor(s)

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