5 June 2018 Performance of differential synthetic aperture ladar versus phase-gradient autofocus at large phase errors and low return levels
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The performance of differential synthetic aperture ladar (DSAL) processing versus phase-gradient autofocus (PGA) technique in SAL image formation is demonstrated experimentally using phase history data (PHD) with large random phase errors and various target returns generated from a laboratory DSAL setup operating at 1550-nm wavelength. Results show that at strong return levels, both DSAL and PGA are very robust in focusing high-resolution images from the PHD; whereas, as target returns become weak and PHD is dominated by noise, the iterative PGA performs less effectively than the DSAL does. It is concluded that, on the whole, the DSAL technique is possibly more robust than PGA in both effectiveness and efficiencies.
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Minglei Li, Minglei Li, Jin Wu, Jin Wu, Tao Bai, Tao Bai, Lei Wan, Lei Wan, Danyang Li, Danyang Li, Zhilong Zhao, Zhilong Zhao, } "Performance of differential synthetic aperture ladar versus phase-gradient autofocus at large phase errors and low return levels," Optical Engineering 57(6), 063103 (5 June 2018). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.57.6.063103 . Submission: Received: 27 February 2018; Accepted: 18 May 2018
Received: 27 February 2018; Accepted: 18 May 2018; Published: 5 June 2018
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