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Transverse Velocity Measurements Using Coherent Lidar
Author(s): J. H. Churnside; H. T. Yura
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Paper Abstract

A technique is described which will provide both magnitude and direction of the transverse component of velocity of a remote target. A laser beam is transmitted toward a remote diffuse target and the backscattered light is collected and mixed with a suitable local oscillator reference field. The method is based on the general spatio-temporal correlation function of the signal currents from two heterodyne detectors. The time derivative of this function, evaluated at zero time delay, is directly proportional to the component of target velocity parallel to the separation of the detector elements. A two-element by two-element detector array can therefore be used to measure the two orthogonal transverse velocity components. Each component is found from the correlation properties of the signals from diagonally opposed pairs of detector elements. Since the radial velocity component can be found from conventional laser Doppler techniques, all three components of the velocity vector can be measured simultaneously. Practical considerations and experimental results will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 1982
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0300, Physics and Technology of Coherent Infrared Radar I, (30 April 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.932585
Show Author Affiliations
J. H. Churnside, The Aerospace Corporation (United States)
H. T. Yura, The Aerospace Corporation (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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