Accession Number:

AD0785393

Title:

Laser Backscatter Characteristics of Materials of Interest in Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD),

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

ROME AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER GRIFFISS AFB N Y

Report Date:

1974-07-01

Pagination or Media Count:

113.0

Abstract:

A series of measurements were conducted on laser backscatter characteristics of materials of interest in Ballistic Missile Defense BMD. The data taken was reduced for the purposes of describing the reflectance of reentry vehicles RV, decoy, and tank fragment materials. As evidenced by the experimental data, a wide variety of scattering was encountered from BMD targets. Specifically, whether or not the material was metallic, painted, sealed, overcoated, surface roughed, or non-metallic produced scattering that ranged from diffraction limited so-called specular to perfectly Lambertian so-called diffuse. The significant impact of the physical characteristics type of materialfinish of a BMD target on its backscatter has been experimentally determined by this study. At this time, both material characteristics and shape appear equally important in determining the laser backscatter characteristics of BMD targets. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Antimissile Defense Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE