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Comparative study of pulse and FMCW laser detection performance in fuzzy environment
Author(s): Peng Chen; Jiguang Zhao; Yishuo Song; Tianbo Gao
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Paper Abstract

A fuzzy environment such as smoke and dust can cause laser energy attenuation, signal-to-noise ratio reduction, and even false alarms caused by backscatter interference. It seriously affects the performance of the detection system and even makes the system unusable. In order to study the performance variation of pulse and frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) laser detection in fuzzy environment, this paper selects the ranging error and the equivalent target peak to backscatter peak ratio (TBR) as the evaluation index, and compares the performance of the two systems in fuzzy environment. The variation of detection performance under different degrees of fuzzy environment is also discussed. The results show that the detection performance of the two systems has different degrees of degradation in the fuzzy environment. In the case of different environmental visibility, the ranging error of the FMCW system is better than the pulse system. When the environmental visibility is high, the TBR of the pulse system is higher than the FMCW. As the visibility decreases, the TBR of the FMCW is gradually higher than the pulse. In comparison, the FMCW's detection performance is better than the pulse system in the case of low visibility, which is more obvious as visibility decreases.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2019
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 11170, 14th National Conference on Laser Technology and Optoelectronics (LTO 2019), 111703N (17 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2533939
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Peng Chen, Space Engineering Univ. (China)
Jiguang Zhao, Space Engineering Univ. (China)
Yishuo Song, Space Engineering Univ. (China)
Tianbo Gao, Space Engineering Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11170:
14th National Conference on Laser Technology and Optoelectronics (LTO 2019)
Jianqiang Zhu; Weibiao Chen; Zhenxi Zhang; Minlin Zhong; Pu Wang; Jianrong Qiu, Editor(s)

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