Abstract

The SNR equation of a CW, monostatic, coherent laser radar system is examined for the case of a distributed aerosol target. General analytic equations are derived which explicitly describe the contribution to total SNR from each range interval along the optic axis, the range resolution of the measurement, and the atmospheric volume contributing to the measurement. Plots are presented showing the location in range and the volume of the laser radar measurement.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

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