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Distributed aperture active imaging
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Paper Abstract

With a distributed aperture imaging system, one creates a large imaging aperture by combining the light from a series of distributed telescopes. In doing this, one can construct a fine-resolution imaging system with reduced volume. In this paper we present work on distributed aperture, active imaging systems that use coherent detection and digital image formation. In such a system, the image formation process incorporates digital correction of optical and atmospheric phase errors. Here we discuss the principles underlying this method and present results from laboratory experiments and field experiments performed over a 0.5 km outdoor test range.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6550, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XII, 65500A (4 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.724769
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Joseph C. Marron, Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies (United States)
Richard L. Kendrick, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6550:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications XII
Monte D. Turner; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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