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Appl Opt. 1967 Oct 1;6(10):1725-8. doi: 10.1364/AO.6.001725.

Analysis of a programmed multipulse laser range measurement system.

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Technical Communications Corporation,Lexington, Massachusetts 02173, USA.


The energy detection of multipulse returns from an optically rough target is considered. A Q-switched laser generates a number of precisely timed giant pulses during a single pumping period. The multipulse signal photoelectron statistics are shown to be negative binomial. The statistical detection performance of single and multipulse systems are compared over a wide range of noise levels. The multipulse rangefinder has a power advantage of from 15 dB to over 28 dB under the conditions considered.


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