Albert V. Jelalian
This book develops the principles and practice of laser radar system design by examining sensor technology across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. This new book discusses the similarities and differences between microwave and optics technologies. It combines a microwave radar system treatment of the range equation, target cross-section and measurement principles with an optical receiver discussion which illustrates differences in system noise mechanizations. The presentation also includes theoretical and hardware considerations which illustrates systems utilized to provide altimetry, rangefinding, target designation and imaging, as well as laser radar systems providing instantaneous six-dimensional target information.