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Mode-locked Nd:YLF laser for precision range-Doppler imaging
Author(s): Thomas B. Simpson; Michael M. Malley; George W. Sutton; Frank Doft
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Paper Abstract

We report the application of an actively stabilized CW mode-locked Nd:YLF laser to the problem of range-Doppler imaging. A laboratory demonstration of cm range and cross-range resolution is described. The effect of target speckle and glint on signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and signal processing are discussed. Because of the wide range of mode-locked pulse and pulse train durations achievable with the solid state laser system, the single shot signal-to-noise ratio can be maximized. A Nd:YLF oscillator and Nd:glass amplifier laser system has distinct advantages over other high power laser systems in range-Doppler applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1991
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1416, Laser Radar VI, (1 August 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.43706
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas B. Simpson, JAYCOR (United States)
Michael M. Malley, JAYCOR (United States)
George W. Sutton, JAYCOR (United States)
Frank Doft, JAYCOR (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1416:
Laser Radar VI
Richard J. Becherer, Editor(s)

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