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Limitation on the bandwidth of tracking through the atmosphere
Author(s): Paul H. Merritt; Scott Peterson; Rastislav Telgarsky; Ralph Pringle Jr.; Richard L. Brunson; Shawn D. O'Keefe
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Paper Abstract

In last years proceedings, the above authors reported a basic limitation on the maximum effective bandwidth when tracking through atmospheric turbulence. This limitation, called the optical frequency, was shown to be an upper limit on tilt detection. This paper will further expand on this fundamental limitation. Further testing at the MIT/Lincoln Laboratory has provided more insight into the optical frequency as well as other tracking limitations. It will be shown in this paper that scintillation appears to be dominant above the optical frequency and that by wisely selecting the bandwidth of the tracking system, one can exclude some of the noise of scintillation, while still performing the best possible tracking.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 June 2002
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4724, Laser Weapons Technology III, (25 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.472372
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)
Ralph Pringle Jr., Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
Richard L. Brunson, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
Shawn D. O'Keefe, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4724:
Laser Weapons Technology III
William E. Thompson; Paul H. Merritt, Editor(s)

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