24 August 2000 1.56-THz compact radar range for W-band imagery of scale-model tactical targets
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A new very high-frequency compact radar range has been developed to measure scale models of tactical targets. This compact range has demonstrated very good signal-to-noise and is useful in measuring low observable targets. In addition to normal ISAR imaging of targets (range vs. horizontal cross- range), the system can also produce two-dimensional images in azimuth and elevation (vertical cross-range vs. horizontal cross-range). The 1.56 THz transceiver uses two high-stability optically pumped far-infrared lasers, microwave/laser side- band generation for frequency sweep, and a pair of Schottky diode receivers for coherent integration. Measurements made on 1/16th scale models of tactical targets, simulating W-band frequencies, allows the formation of images of very high cross-range resolution (3.5 cm full scale) while still integrating over a reasonably small angular extent (2.5 degrees). The results from several targets that have been recently measured will be presented.
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Thomas M. Goyette, Thomas M. Goyette, Jason C. Dickinson, Jason C. Dickinson, Jerry Waldman, Jerry Waldman, William E. Nixon, William E. Nixon, } "1.56-THz compact radar range for W-band imagery of scale-model tactical targets", Proc. SPIE 4053, Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery VII, (24 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.396372; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.396372
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