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Acousto-optic signal processors for air defense sensors
Author(s): Michael C. Zari; Robert J. Berinato; Anthony F. Zwilling; Dennis R. Pape
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Paper Abstract

Optical signal processing architectures have been designed which offer potential solutions to Air Defense Initiative (ADI) radar signal processing requirements for low radar cross-section target detection and noncooperative target recognition (NCTR). A rack-mounted engineering development model of a wide-bandwidth acousto-optic correlator has been developed to provide high range resolution for target feature extraction and discrimination. A wideband acousto-optic range-Doppler processor brassboard has also been designed to provide simultaneous high range resolution and Doppler filtering. Design and fabrication of a test radar subsystem is in progress, and will be utilized as an ADI clutter suppression test-bed for integration and testing of the high resolution acousto-optic correlator engineering development model and the acousto-optic range-Doppler processor brassboard. In this paper, the designs and status of the optical processors and test-bed are described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 August 1992
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1704, Advances in Optical Information Processing V, (24 August 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.139888
Show Author Affiliations
Michael C. Zari, Dynetics, Inc. (United States)
Robert J. Berinato, Dynetics, Inc. (United States)
Anthony F. Zwilling, Dynetics, Inc. (United States)
Dennis R. Pape, Photonic Systems, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1704:
Advances in Optical Information Processing V
Dennis R. Pape, Editor(s)

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