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The Use Of A Minicomputer Controlled Digital System For An Optical Radar Signal Processor
Author(s): Stephen C. Noble; Theodore A. Marsh; Will C. Pearson; Scott K. Smader; John L. Anderson; Hugh B. Brown; Bernard W. Vatz
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Paper Abstract

Optical Signal Processing systems are using more sophisticated control systems to improve their performance. An example of this is the minicomputer controlled digital system for an Optical Radar Signal Processor developed for the Army's Ballistic Missile Defense Advanced Technology Center (BMDATC). An overview of the optical radar signal processor is presented, highlighting those areas requiring the use of digital system control. The subsystems described include a digital frequency synthesizer used for timing the lasers, the radar signal generator, and the input/output devices, a reference mask generator used to generate the matching signal for use in the optical matched filter and for automatic system linearization, and an output data sampling system used to acquire data from the output plane of the optical processor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 December 1978
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0148, Computers in Optical Systems, (29 December 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956644
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen C. Noble, Ampex Corporation (United States)
Theodore A. Marsh, Ampex Corporation (United States)
Will C. Pearson, Ampex Corporation (United States)
Scott K. Smader, Ampex Corporation (United States)
John L. Anderson, Ampex Corporation (United States)
Hugh B. Brown, Ampex Corporation (United States)
Bernard W. Vatz, Ballistic Missile Defense Advanced Technology Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0148:
Computers in Optical Systems
Allan H. Gott, Editor(s)

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