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High-resolution 3D coherent laser radar imaging
Author(s): Joseph Buck; Andrew Malm; Andrew Zakel; Brian Krause; Bruce Tiemann
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Paper Abstract

The Super-resolution Sensor System (S3) program is an ambitious effort to exploit the maximum information a laser-based sensor can obtain. At Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies (LMCT), we are developing methods of incorporating multi-function operation (3D imaging, vibrometry, polarimetry, aperture synthesis, etc.) into a single device. The waveforms will be matched to the requirements of both hardware (e.g., optical amplifiers, modulators) and the targets being imaged. The first successful demonstrations of this program have produced high-resolution, three-dimensional images at intermediate stand-off ranges. In addition, heavy camouflage penetration has been successfully demonstrated. The resolution of a ladar sensor scales with the bandwidth as dR = c/(2B), with a corresponding scaling of the range precision. Therefore, the ability to achieve large bandwidths is crucial to developing a high-resolution sensor. While there are many methods of achieving the benefit of large bandwidths while using lower bandwidth electronics (e.g., an FMCW implementation), the S3 system produces and detects the full waveform bandwidth, enabling a large set of adaptive waveforms for applications requiring large range search intervals (RSI) and short duration waveforms. This paper highlights the three-dimensional imaging and camo penetration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2007
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6550, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XII, 655002 (3 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.719483
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph Buck, Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies (United States)
Andrew Malm, Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies (United States)
Andrew Zakel, Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies (United States)
Brian Krause, Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies (United States)
Bruce Tiemann, Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6550:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications XII
Monte D. Turner; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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