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Relative Merit Of Coherent Vs Noncoherent Laser Radars
Author(s): Marek Elbaum; Robert C. Harney
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Paper Abstract

The relative merits of coherent and noncoherent laser radars are reviewed. An information theoretic approach is used to investigate the tradeoffs between degrees of freedom (resolution) and signal-to-noise ratio in maximizing information in radar images. Similar tradeoffs between carrier-to-noise ratio and degrees of freedom are obtained for maximizing the signal-to-noise ratio in detection and estimation problems. It is shown that under some conditions noncoherent laser radars provide better performance than coherent radars, while under other conditions, the reverse is true.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 1982
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0300, Physics and Technology of Coherent Infrared Radar I, (30 April 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.932584
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Marek Elbaum, Riverside Research Institute (United States)
Robert C. Harney, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0300:
Physics and Technology of Coherent Infrared Radar I
Robert C. Harney, Editor(s)

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