Abstract

A novel and high-efficiency linear frequency-modulated continuous-wave (FMCW) ladar system for synthetic aperture imaging is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. This novel system generates wide-bandwidth linear FMCW ladar signals by employing an electro-optic LiNbO3- in-phase and quadrature modulator with an effective bias controller. The effectiveness of the proposed system is experimentally validated. Optical synthetic aperture images are obtained by using two 0.41 cm aperture diameter telescopes at the distance of 1 km. The resolution of these images can reach to 4 cm. A resolution improvement by about 10 times is achieved when compared with the conventional real aperture imaging system.

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