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Staring phased-array radar using photorefractive crystals
Author(s): Robert T. Weverka; Kelvin H. Wagner
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Paper Abstract

We describe a photorefractive phased array radar processor which directs its look angle to the signal of interest and puts nulls in the array function at the locations of jammers. We derive the array null depth using a simple model of the photorefractive response which includes photorefractive erasure. We analyze the response time of the system, showing that it is independent of the photorefractive time constant. Finally we analyze the response of the system to multiple simultaneous jammers, and to irregular wave fronts establishing that the array response organizes itself to conform to non-planar incident waves. This last property allows the system to be used in complex radar environments and on large irregular nonrigid radar arrays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1564, Optical Information Processing Systems and Architectures III, (1 November 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.49751
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Robert T. Weverka, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
Kelvin H. Wagner, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1564:
Optical Information Processing Systems and Architectures III
Bahram Javidi, Editor(s)

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