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Laser Radar Target Detection With A Multipixel Joint Range-Intensity Processor
Author(s): Stephen M. Hannon; Jeffrey H. Shapiro
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Paper Abstract

The optimal single-pixel processor for speckle-target detection using laser-radar intensity measure-ments has long been known, along with its performance-its receiver operating characteristic (ROC). Most laser radar target-detection problems, however, involve multidimensional measurements-e.g., range and intensity measurements-of multipixel speckle objects. Recently, Mark applied statistical decision theory to the multipixel, multidimensional problem; he derived quasi-optimal intensity-only and range-only target detection processors, and obtained quantitative results for their ROCs. This paper extends Mark's work by presenting a quasi-optimal joint-range intensity processor which can be easily implemented in existing peak-detection systems, and developing-through computer simulation-its ROC behavior. The simulation routine is based on the previously-verified pixel statistics of 2-D pulsed-imager operation, and it reproduces Mark's theoretical intensity-only and range-only ROC predictions. The simulation shows that joint range-intensity processing offers significant performance benefits over intensity-only and range-only systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 February 1989
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 0999, Laser Radar III, (18 February 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.960232
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen M. Hannon, Massachilsetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Jeffrey H. Shapiro, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0999:
Laser Radar III
Richard J. Becherer, Editor(s)

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