30 April 1982 Atmospheric Propagation Effects On Coherent Laser Radars
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Coherent laser radars offer new technical options for a variety of target detection and imaging scenarios. Such systems will, of necessity, be subject to the vagaries of atmospheric optical propagation, viz., turbulence, absorption, and scattering. This paper presents a mathematical system model for a compact heterodyne-reception laser radar which incorporates the statistical effects of target speckle and glint, local-oscillator shot noise, and propagation through either turbulent or turbid atmospheric conditions. Using this model, results are developed for the imace signal-to-noise ratio and target resolution capability of the radar. Clear-weather propagation through the turbulent atmosphere is shown to affect the compact laser radar primarily through scintillation. Low-visibility weather propagation is shown to degrade the resolution of the radar. Sample performance calculations for a realistic infrared radar are Included.
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David M. Papurt, David M. Papurt, Jeffrey H. Shapiro, Jeffrey H. Shapiro, Robert C. Harney, Robert C. Harney, "Atmospheric Propagation Effects On Coherent Laser Radars", Proc. SPIE 0300, Physics and Technology of Coherent Infrared Radar I, (30 April 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.932580; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.932580


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