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8 March 2014 Impact of primary aberrations on coherent lidar performance
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Proceedings Volume 8992, Photonic Instrumentation Engineering; 89920T (2014)
Event: SPIE OPTO, 2014, San Francisco, California, United States
In this work we investigate the performance of a monostatic coherent lidar system in which the transmit beam is under the influence of primary phase aberrations: spherical aberration (SA) and astigmatism. The experimental investigation is realized by probing the spatial weighting function of the lidar system using different optical transceiver configurations. A rotating belt is used as a hard target. Our study shows that the lidar weighting function suffers from both spatial broadening and shift in peak position in the presence of aberration. It is to our knowledge the first experimental demonstration of these tendencies. Furthermore, our numerical and experimental results show good agreement. We also demonstrate how the truncation of the transmit beam affects the system performance. It is both experimentally and numerically proven that aberration effects have profound impact on the antenna effciency, the optimum truncation of the transmit beam and the spatial sensitivity of a CW coherent lidar system. Under strong degree of aberration, the spatial confinement is significantly degraded. However for SA, the degradation of the spatial confinement can be reduced by tuning the truncation of the transmit beam, which results from the novel finding in this work, namely, that the optimum truncation ratio depends on the degree of SA.
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Qi Hu, Peter John Rodrigo, Theis F. Q. Iversen, and Christian Pedersen "Impact of primary aberrations on coherent lidar performance", Proc. SPIE 8992, Photonic Instrumentation Engineering, 89920T (8 March 2014);

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