Accession Number : ADA188019

Title :   Integrated Optical Synthetic Aperture Radar Processor.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Sep 84-30 Nov 85,

Corporate Author : UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES OPTICAL MATERIALS AND DEVICES L AB

Personal Author(s) : Tanguay, Armand R., Jr

Report Date : SEP 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 53

Abstract : The principal objective of this research program was initiation of the development of a compact, rugged, low-cost, low-power optical synthetic aperture radar processor for real time image formation aboard airborne and spaceborne platforms. The extremely high computational burden associated with SAR imaging has thus far limited the usefulness of the technique to non-real-time applications from fixed platform bases. Existing realtime digital and optical techniques are in general too bulky, power consumptive, and expensive for broad applicability, particularly in space-confined mobile environments. The integrated optics approach described herein provides a powerful solution with which to circumvent these limitations. Keywords: Optical information processing, Optical computing, Integrated optics, Guided wave optics, and Synthetic aperture radar.

Descriptors :   *IMAGES, *INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, *OPTICAL PROCESSING, *PROCESSING EQUIPMENT, *RADAR, *REAL TIME, COMPUTATIONS, DIGITAL SYSTEMS, FLYING PLATFORMS, METHODOLOGY, OPTICAL DATA, OPTICAL WAVEGUIDES, OPTICS, SPACEBORNE.

Subject Categories : Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment
      Optics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE