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Field experiment performance of the receiver elements for a Fourier telescopy imaging system
Author(s): J. Mathis; J. Stapp; E. Louis Cuellar; J. Cooper; A. Morris; P. Fairchild; Dane Hult; Katrina Koski; Lee Ramzel; Marcia Ann Thornton
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Paper Abstract

Fourier telescopy (FT) is an active imaging technique that is a candidate for high resolution imaging systems which can be used to obtain satellite images out to geosynchronous target ranges. Fourier telescopy uses multiple beams that illuminate the target with a fringe pattern that sweeps across it due to a set frequency difference between beams. In this way the target spatial frequency components are encoded in the temporal signal that is reflected from the target. The FT receiver can then be composed of a large area "light bucket" collector, since only the integrated temporal signal is necessary to reconstruct the target image. The GEO Light Imaging National Testbed (GLINT) system was previously designed to obtain satellite images at geosynchronous ranges by using this technique. The "light bucket" receiver was designed use forty heliostats, each having a collection area of ten meters square, and composed of a 16 x 16 grid of two foot square mirrors. The heliostats would redirect the return light from the target onto a large spherical concentrator array composed of hexagonal mirror segments. This concentrator would then focus the return light onto a photomultiplier tube (PMT) detector. The FT Field experiment presented in this paper uses one 10-meter square heliostat and a single PMT, plus a scaled down secondary array to provide the optical elements of the receiver for the FT field experiment. In this paper, we will describe the performance characteristics of the heliostat, secondary, and PMT detector. Performance characteristics include optical wavefront, alignment, and alignment stability of the optical elements. Finally, results will be presented after the receiver was integrated with a transmitter system that provided the modulated FT signal from various targets. Image reconstructions will show that even using low quality "Light bucket" receiver optics and a 1.5 km horizontal path through the atmosphere, the modulated signal can still produce good image quality of the targets. Image reconstruction will also be presented for different SNR values in the received signal.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5896, Unconventional Imaging, 58960F (30 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.639802
Show Author Affiliations
J. Mathis, Trex Enterprises Corp. (United States)
J. Stapp, Trex Enterprises Corp. (United States)
E. Louis Cuellar, Trex Enterprises Corp. (United States)
J. Cooper, Trex Enterprises Corp. (United States)
A. Morris, Trex Enterprises Corp. (United States)
P. Fairchild, Trex Enterprises Corp. (United States)
Dane Hult, Trex Enterprises Corp. (United States)
Katrina Koski, Trex Enterprises Corp. (United States)
Lee Ramzel, Trex Enterprises Corp. (United States)
Marcia Ann Thornton, Trex Enterprises Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5896:
Unconventional Imaging
Victor L. Gamiz; Paul S. Idell, Editor(s)

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