Accession Number : AD0803907

Title :   A PORTABLE GALLIUM-ARSENIDE LASER RADAR.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept. Jun 65-May 66,

Corporate Author : STANFORD UNIV CA STANFORD ELECTRONICS LABS

Personal Author(s) : Jackson, D. W.

Report Date : JUN 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 23

Abstract : This report describes a simple, portable optical radar that uses a gallium-arsenide diode laser for target illumination. The GaAs-laser radar was constructed to investigate the engineering problems associated with a portable, high-rep-rate optical rangefinder. The system description shows how the electronics and optics of the transmitter and receiver are engineered into a small, battery-powered package. The performance is calculated for various types of targets and compared to experimental results. It is concluded that the small size, small beamwidth, and simplicity of this type radar may prove to be valuable in some applications, normally with cooperative targets. These applications vary from space rendezvous to measuring vehicle separation on high-speed freeways. (Author)

Descriptors :   *RANGE FINDING), (*OPTICAL RADAR, SEMICONDUCTOR DIODES), (*TARGET DISCRIMINATION, LASERS, GALLIUM ARSENIDES, NITROGEN, ILLUMINATION, PORTABLE EQUIPMENT, INFRARED RADIATION, ELECTROOPTICS.

Subject Categories : Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE