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Upgrades to DELTAS NRC (Defense Laser Target Signatures Code) for the evaluation of advanced ladar technologies
Author(s): Biff Lyons; Michael Timmins
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Paper Abstract

DELTASNRCTM is a laser radar signature modeling and simulation code that was developed to evaluate potential LADAR systems for defense applications. DELTASNRCTM strength is in its flexibility. The user can create scenarios with realistic targets (the target model is based on constructive solid geometry) and real materials, and model coherent or direct detection LADAR systems at any wavelength (limited only to availability of material reflectance information). This paper focuses on recent improvements to the direct and coherent detection imaging capabilities of the code. These improvements were mandated by the BMDO Discriminating Interceptor Technology Program (DITP) which requires LADAR system models for the next generation of LADAR imaging systems on an interceptor platform. We introduce upgrades to the range-Doppler imaging algorithms that improve the fidelity of the laser cross section calculation and the range-Doppler image. We describe a model that introduces ambiguity in direct detection angle- angle-range images as a result of pulse duration and detector bandwidth. A direct detection receiver model has also been implemented. This model introduces optical modulation transfer functions and receiver noise to the direct detection images. The result of these improvements is an end-to-end LADAR simulation which can be used as a stand alone code or as part of a suite of sensor models capable of generating signatures which can be used for discrimination algorithm development, system analysis, etc. Demonstrations of these improvements as applied to DITP are presented, and a discussion of current applications of DELTASNRCTM in simulations such as Synthetic Scene Generation Model is included.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3380, Laser Radar Technology and Applications III, (8 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.327191
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Biff Lyons, Nichols Research Corp. (United States)
Michael Timmins, Nichols Research Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3380:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications III
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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