Laser discrimination of unresolved space and airborne targets based on the effects of surface correlations on the backscattered state of polarization

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA9451-05-M-0187
Agency Tracking Number: F051-002-2792
Amount: $99,937.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: AF05-002
Solicitation Number: 2005.1
Small Business Information
P.O Box 8383, Albuquerque, NM, 87198
DUNS: 100490890
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Brian Hoover
 Owner / Senior Scientist
 (505) 250-9586
 hoover@advanced-optical.com
Business Contact
 Malini Hoover
Title: Owner / Manager
Phone: (505) 281-3266
Email: malini@advanced-optical.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Changes in the state of polarization of scattered laser radiation can be utilized to discriminate among targets according to surface microstructures on the wavelength scale. Newly-developed rigorous electromagnetic coherence theory is applied to the inverse problem of laser discrimination of unresolved space and airborne targets based on the effects of surface correlations on the backscattered state of polarization. Algorithms are developed to deal with speckle noise and the narrow spatial bandwidth characteristic of active ground-to-space and ground-to-air scenarios. Laboratory measurements are utilized to verify the theory and test the algorithms.

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