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Field-testing protocols for evaluation of 3D imaging focal plane array ladar systems
Author(s): Brian H. Miles; Jay E. Land; Andrew L. Hoffman; William R. Humbert; Brian A. Smith; Andrew B. Howard; Joseph Lee Cox; Michael S. Foster; Dave Onuffer; Sammie L. Thompson; Thomas Ramrath; Clarke E. Harris; Paul Freedman
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Paper Abstract

Herein are discussed five straightforward field tests that are appropriate for evaluation of the performance of focal plane array (FPA) based ladar systems capable of generating high-resolution 3D imagery. The tests assess system level performance using traditional imaging targets and ladar specific targets. In addition, the tests allow comparisons to be made between the predicted performance of a ladar system and the actual performance. Analysis of actual field test ladar data is included based on appropriateness and availability of data. In the first test, range resolution is examined when the target is obscured by camouflage; the intent is to provide two pulse returns within the same instantaneous field of view (IFOV) and determine the source of the range report from different pixels within the range image with the emphasis on determining performance based on the pulse detection approach that is implemented. The second series of tests evaluates the lateral and range resolution of the FPA using standard modulation transfer function (MTF) and statistical approaches. The third test (Sect. 3.4) involves a moving target to introduce a dynamic version of the previous spatial frequency dependent tests. The fourth test (Sect. 3.5) assesses the system range performance as a function of received signal, essentially determining the performance of the system as signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) is varied. The fifth test (Sect. 3.6) assesses the uniformity of the range resolution and range accuracy of the FPA.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2002
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 4723, Laser Radar Technology and Applications VII, (29 July 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.476413
Show Author Affiliations
Brian H. Miles, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Jay E. Land, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Andrew L. Hoffman, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
William R. Humbert, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Brian A. Smith, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Andrew B. Howard, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Joseph Lee Cox, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Michael S. Foster, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Dave Onuffer, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Sammie L. Thompson, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Thomas Ramrath, FastMetrix, Inc. (United States)
Clarke E. Harris, FastMetrix, Inc. (United States)
Paul Freedman, FastMetrix, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4723:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications VII
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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