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Passive ranging through the Earth's atmosphere
Author(s): Victor H. Hasson; Christopher R. Dupuis
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Paper Abstract

Many luminous sources provide continuous or quasi-continuous radiation at near IR and longer wavelengths. The radiation continuum serves as a source of background photons, which can be used for discrete line-of-site absorption measurements by-known atmospheric constituents. The intensity ratio is uniquely determined by the absorption coefficient and range, is independent of broadband attenuations and scattering. The absorption coefficients are known and/or can be accurately calculated for a wide range of practical viewing conditions (i.e., sensor height, viewing angle, etc.). Hence, the intensity ratio and/or integrated intensity ratio can be used to uniquely derive the range of the radiating source. Fabry-Perot interferometers can provide the high throughputs and resolving powers required in compact packages. The measurements and analyses show that ranging accuracies representing down to 1 - 2% of the total range should be achievable at stand-off ranges of upto hundreds of kilometers depending on the size of the collection optics, brightness of the source and available observation times. The paper will provide an overview of the patented Textron concepts, trade-offs associated with instrument resolving powers and hardware implementation issues.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 January 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4538, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems IV, (29 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.454416
Show Author Affiliations
Victor H. Hasson, Textron Systems Corp. (United States)
Christopher R. Dupuis, Textron Systems Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4538:
Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems IV
Anton Kohnle; John D. Gonglewski; Thomas J. Schmugge, Editor(s)

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