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Applications of FM - CW CO[sub]2[/sub] Waveguide Laser Radar
Author(s): E. R. Washwell; C. M. Bjorklund; R. S. Loe; J. T. Ozawa; D. G. Peterson; G. R. Rossi
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Paper Abstract

FM - CW CO2 laser radar can provide high resolution information useful in a number of applications. Velocity and range data can be obtained from a properly configured system. These data are useful in such diverse applications as wind velocity measurements, navigation, battlefield obscurant mapping and range imaging. Range images obtained from laser radar have a number of tactical applications. Techniques for terminal homing and target recognition based on range information are outlined. The general features of an FM - CW range imaging sensor using a commercial waveguide CO2 laser are described. The basic principles of FM - CW radar are reviewed, and the results of laboratory measurements of the frequency stability and range resolution obtained with diffuse targets presented. Intensity and range images of laboratory objects obtained at short range with the system are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 December 1983
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0415, Coherent Infrared Radar Systems and Applications II, (13 December 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.935892
Show Author Affiliations
E. R. Washwell, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratories (United States)
C. M. Bjorklund, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratories (United States)
R. S. Loe, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratories (United States)
J. T. Ozawa, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratories (United States)
D. G. Peterson, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratories (United States)
G. R. Rossi, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratories (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0415:
Coherent Infrared Radar Systems and Applications II
Robert C. Harney, Editor(s)

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