Accession Number : ADA163955


Title :   The Construction and Calibration of a LADAR (Laser Detection and Ranging) Cross-Section Measurement Range


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING


Personal Author(s) : Higgins, James C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a163955.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1985


Pagination or Media Count : 119


Abstract : The purpose of this thesis was to construct an experiment that can accurately determine a target's laser radar cross-section. A laser radar cross-section (LRCS) is a measure of the average amount of optical power scattered by a target, and is analogous to the term radar cross-section, which is defined for scattered power radiating at microwave wavelengths. Cross-sections, whether optical or microwave, are quantities which describe the effective area of a specific target which directly scatters an incident electromagnetic wavefront. The focus of this thesis is to investigate the nature of LRCS measurements, with particular attention paid to the measurements of spherical calibration targets. Keywords: Laser pulse scattering; Optical radar; Infrared detection; Mathematical prediction; LADAR (Laser Detection and Ranging).


Descriptors :   *INFRARED DETECTION , *OPTICAL RADAR , *OPTICAL CROSS SECTIONS , LIGHT SCATTERING , MEASUREMENT , SCATTERING , POWER , WAVEFRONTS , CALIBRATION , THESES , PULSED LASERS , TARGETS , LASERS , LASER BEAMS


Subject Categories : Lasers and Masers
      Infrared Detection and Detectors


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE