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Synthetic apertures: An Overview
Author(s): Janet S. Fender
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Paper Abstract

A synthetic aperture is formed when separate optical systems are combined to function as a single larger aperture. When an aperture is synthesized, independent optical systems are phased to form a common image field with resolution determined by the maximum dimension of the array and therefore exceeding that produced by any single element. In this paper, advantages and disadvantages of synthetic apertures are discussed, imaging properties are described, and implementation techniques are evaluated. Finally, some examples of existing and future phased array systems are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 March 1984
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0440, Synthetic Aperture Systems I, (2 March 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.937565
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Janet S. Fender, USAF Weapons Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0440:
Synthetic Aperture Systems I
Janet S. Fender, Editor(s)

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