Experimental Verification of Sparse Frequency Linearly Frequency Modulated Ladar Signals Modeling
We present the results of an experiment designed to verify the results of a previously published theoretical model that predicts the range resolution and peak-to-side lobe ratio of sparse frequency linearly frequency modulated (SF-LFM) ladar signals. We use two ultra stable diode lasers which are frequency locked and can be current tuned in order to adjust the difference frequency between the two lasers. The results of the experiment verify the previously developed model proving that SF-LFM ladar signals have the ability to increase the range resolution of a ladar system without the need for larger bandwidth modulators. Finally we simulate a target at a range of approximately 150 meters through the use of a fiber optic delay line, and demonstrate the ability of SF-LFM ladar signals to detect a target at range.
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Chimenti, Robert V.; Dierking, Matthew P.; Powers, Peter E.; Haus, Joseph W.; and Bailey, Eric S., "Experimental Verification of Sparse Frequency Linearly Frequency Modulated Ladar Signals Modeling" (2010). Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty Publications. 285.