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Long-range laser-illuminated imaging
Author(s): David Charles Dayton; Stephen L. Browne; Steven C. Sandven; John D. Gonglewski; Joe Gallegos; Michael L. Shilko Sr.
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate the utility of laser illuminated imaging for clandestine night time surveillance from a simulated airborne platform at standoff ranges in excess 20 km. In order to reduce the necessary laser per pulse energy required for illumination at such long ranges, and to mitigate atmospheric turbulence effects on image resolution, we have investigated a unique multi-frame post-processing technique. It is shown that in the presence of atmospheric turbulence and coherent speckle effects, this approach can produce superior results to conventional scene flood illumination.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 November 2000
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 4124, High-Resolution Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications II, (22 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.407505
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David Charles Dayton, Applied Technology Associates (United States)
Stephen L. Browne, The Optical Sciences Co. (United States)
Steven C. Sandven, Applied Technology Associates (United States)
John D. Gonglewski, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Joe Gallegos, Boeing Co. (United States)
Michael L. Shilko Sr., ITT Industries, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4124:
High-Resolution Wavefront Control: Methods, Devices, and Applications II
John D. Gonglewski; Mikhail A. Vorontsov; Mark T. Gruneisen, Editor(s)

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