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Performance of tracking algorithms under airborne turbulence
Author(s): Paul H. Merritt; Scott Peterson; Rastislav Telgarsky; Shawn D. O'Keefe; Ralph Pringle Jr.; Richard L. Brunson
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Paper Abstract

Tracking through a turbulent atmosphere poses several challenging problems. The authors have recently conducted a series of tracking tests at a MIT/Lincoln Laboratories facility where a complete tracking and adaptive optics system is available in a laboratory. The atmosphere is simulated using seven precision rotating phase screens. A great deal has been learned about tracking algorithms and their response under a scintillated atmosphere. Data will be shown to describe a key limitation to high bandwidth tracking. This effect, called the `Optical Frequency', appears to be an upper bound on track bandwidth when using an image based tracking system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 September 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4376, Laser Weapons Technology II, (4 September 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.438168
Show Author Affiliations
Paul H. Merritt, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
Scott Peterson, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
Rastislav Telgarsky, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
Shawn D. O'Keefe, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
Ralph Pringle Jr., Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
Richard L. Brunson, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4376:
Laser Weapons Technology II
William E. Thompson; Paul H. Merritt, Editor(s)

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