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Agile beam-steering technologies for laser radar transceivers
Author(s): Lewis F. DeSandre
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Paper Abstract

Currently there is considerable interest in agile beam-steering technologies for laser radar application that require the ability to point rapidly to a large number of widely spaced objects. Examples of such applications of agile pointing include imaging sensors for tracking and discrimination of military targets, sensors for surveillance and tracking of space objects in peacetime, and optical communication systems. In general, pointing agility allows a laser radar system to operate more efficiently by allowing each system platform to address a large number of separate targets. Pointing agility may be realized in a number of ways; for example, by employing steering mirrors, electro-acoustic and electro-optic devices, electro- optic phased arrays, and micro lens arrays. This paper will review agile beam-steering technologies. In particular, signal-processing techniques and experimental verification of imaging with coherent optical arrays will be addressed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1992
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 1625, Design, Modeling, and Control of Laser Beam Optics, (1 June 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.58935
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Lewis F. DeSandre, Naval Weapons Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1625:
Design, Modeling, and Control of Laser Beam Optics
Youssef Kohanzadeh; George N. Lawrence; John G. McCoy; Hugo Weichel, Editor(s)

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