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
Amount:
$99,937.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA9451-05-M-0187
Award Id:
72739
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-002-2792
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P.O Box 8383, Albuquerque, NM, 87198
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
100490890
Principal Investigator:
BrianHoover
Owner / Senior Scientist
(505) 250-9586
hoover@advanced-optical.com
Business Contact:
MaliniHoover
Owner / Manager
(505) 281-3266
malini@advanced-optical.com
Research Institute:
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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