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The dawn of optical radar: a story from another side of the globe
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Paper Abstract

Some episodes are reviewed of the early development of laser radar in Ukraine and Russia being the parts of the former Soviet Union, including laser radars for Navy applications, anti-missile defense experiments, and medical applications. Some details are pointed out on spatial suppression of the backscattered light, on laser radar for fire control systems, and long-range multi-channel laser radar. Double-circuit tracking is discussed for high-precision designator. High-power multi-channel ruby laser transmitter with high pulse repetition rate and matrix multi-channel photodetector were tested at Sary-Shagan in the mode of missile and satellite ranging and tracking. Specular target identification is analyzed which uses polarization parameters. Studies of speckle propagation in the atmosphere resulted in their dual application for speckle suppression and for selection of the fluctuating retroreflecting targets. An aberrometer - instrument for wave front measurements using the principles of laser radar is described with its application in the field of ophthalmology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7684, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XV, 76840B (29 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.850086
Show Author Affiliations
Vasyl Molebny, National Taras Shevchenko Univ. of Kyiv (Ukraine)
Peter Zarubin, State Unitary Enterprise V.K. Orlov Granat Development Bureau (Russian Federation)
Gary Kamerman, FastMetrix, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7684:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications XV
Monte D. Turner; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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