Accession Number:

ADA037774

Title:

Photocounting Image Tracking of Fluctuating Targets

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

RIVERSIDE RESEARCH INST NEW YORK

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1977-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

125.0

Abstract:

A theory of estimation of angular position and other attributes of optically rough and smooth targets with a monopulse laser radar is developed. It applies to systems deriving information about the target position by sensing its image with an array of noncoherent detectors. The theory develops quantitative formulations of the fundamental limitations imposed upon measurement accuracy by the shot noise arising from both the target return and the background radiation, by the detector dark current, and by the random fluctuations of the target cross section.

Subject Categories:

  • Lasers and Masers
  • Optical Detection and Detectors
  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE