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Laser radar technology for airborne theater missile defense
Author(s): Philip E. Cassady; Ronald N. Murata; Sean McKenna; M. John Yoder; William E. Keicher; Philip M. Blumenau; Daniel H. Leslie; Douglas G. Youmans
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Paper Abstract

Range information from a laser radar can be used to rapidly converge target track files for theater missile defense from an airborne sensor platform. This paper examines the application of laser radar technology to this mission. Eyesafe lasers including carbon dioxide, holmium/thulium, and YAG shifted by optical parametric oscillators or Raman cells are considered. Performance analyses include the effects of wavelength dependent target cross sections, atmospheric attenuation and background radiation, and either direct or heterodyne detection processes on the received signal to noise ratio. Signal processing analyses include the effects of noise statistics, target fading for either direct or heterodyne detection, and the optical wavelength dependent effects of atmospheric turbulence on system false alarm and detection probabilities.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2472, Applied Laser Radar Technology II, (16 June 1995);
Show Author Affiliations
Philip E. Cassady, Boeing Defense & Space Group (United States)
Ronald N. Murata, Boeing Defense & Space Group (United States)
Sean McKenna, MITRE Corp. (United States)
M. John Yoder, MITRE Corp. (United States)
William E. Keicher, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Philip M. Blumenau, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Daniel H. Leslie, W.J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)
Douglas G. Youmans, W.J. Schafer Associates, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2472:
Applied Laser Radar Technology II
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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