29 April 2010 The dawn of optical radar: a story from another side of the globe
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Abstract
Some episodes are reviewed of the early development of laser radar in Ukraine and Russia being the parts of the former Soviet Union, including laser radars for Navy applications, anti-missile defense experiments, and medical applications. Some details are pointed out on spatial suppression of the backscattered light, on laser radar for fire control systems, and long-range multi-channel laser radar. Double-circuit tracking is discussed for high-precision designator. High-power multi-channel ruby laser transmitter with high pulse repetition rate and matrix multi-channel photodetector were tested at Sary-Shagan in the mode of missile and satellite ranging and tracking. Specular target identification is analyzed which uses polarization parameters. Studies of speckle propagation in the atmosphere resulted in their dual application for speckle suppression and for selection of the fluctuating retroreflecting targets. An aberrometer - instrument for wave front measurements using the principles of laser radar is described with its application in the field of ophthalmology.
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Vasyl Molebny, Peter Zarubin, Gary Kamerman, "The dawn of optical radar: a story from another side of the globe", Proc. SPIE 7684, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XV, 76840B (29 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.850086; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.850086
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