Worldwide Assessments of Laser Radar Tactical Scenario Performance Variability for Diverse Low Altitude Atmospheric Conditions at 1.0642 μm and 1.557 μm

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Spatial, spectral and temporal variations in operating conditions are major contributors to the expected variability/uncertainty in system performance. The ratio of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) based on climatological data to a standard atmosphere is the primary performance metric used, with results presented in the form of histograms and maps of worldwide LADAR performance variation. This metric is assessed at 2 wavelengths, 1.0642 μm and 1.557 μm, for a number of widely dispersed land and maritime locations worldwide over oblique and vertical air to surface paths in which anticipated clear air aerosols and location specific heavy rain and 150 m thick fog occur.
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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing