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Atmospheric effects on eye-safe airborne laser radar
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Paper Abstract

Basing laser radar systems aboard aircraft provides capability for accurate tracking of ground, airborne, and ballistic missile targets from long range. The atmospheric effects of long propagation paths impact the performance of laser radar systems in two important ways -- molecular and aerosol extinction and optical turbulence. This paper provides quantitative assessment of the impact of these effects for laser radar wavelengths beyond 1.4 microns. The treatment of round-trip turbulence on direct detection systems is believed to be the first estimate of this effect. A more complete system analysis is underway and will be described in a forthcoming paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 April 1995
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2375, Beam Control, Diagnostics, Standards, and Propagation, (17 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.206988
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Daniel H. Leslie, W.J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)
Douglas G. Youmans, W.J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2375:
Beam Control, Diagnostics, Standards, and Propagation
Lindsay W. Austin; Adolf Giesen; Daniel H. Leslie, Editor(s)

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