1 August 1991 Mode-locked Nd:YLF laser for precision range-Doppler imaging
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Proceedings Volume 1416, Laser Radar VI; (1991) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.43706
Event: Optics, Electro-Optics, and Laser Applications in Science and Engineering, 1991, Los Angeles, CA, United States
We report the application of an actively stabilized CW mode-locked Nd:YLF laser to the problem of range-Doppler imaging. A laboratory demonstration of cm range and cross-range resolution is described. The effect of target speckle and glint on signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and signal processing are discussed. Because of the wide range of mode-locked pulse and pulse train durations achievable with the solid state laser system, the single shot signal-to-noise ratio can be maximized. A Nd:YLF oscillator and Nd:glass amplifier laser system has distinct advantages over other high power laser systems in range-Doppler applications.
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Thomas B. Simpson, Thomas B. Simpson, Michael M. Malley, Michael M. Malley, George W. Sutton, George W. Sutton, Frank Doft, Frank Doft, "Mode-locked Nd:YLF laser for precision range-Doppler imaging", Proc. SPIE 1416, Laser Radar VI, (1 August 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.43706; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.43706

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