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Published May 1, 1988 | public
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Real-time programmable acoustooptic synthetic aperture radar processor


The acoustooptic time-and-space integrating approach to real-time synthetic aperture radar (SAR) processing is reviewed, and novel hybrid optical/electronic techniques, which generalize the basic architecture, are described. The generalized architecture is programmable and has the ability to compensate continuously for range migration changes in the parameters of the radar/target geometry and anomalous platform motion. The new architecture is applicable to the spotlight mode of SAR, particularly for applications in which real-time onboard processing is required.

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© Copyright 1988 Optical Society of America. Received 13 August 1987. The authors thank Kelvin Wagner, Jeffrey Yu, and Tom Bicknell for help in several aspects of this work and for many discussions on the subject. This work was supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and General Dynamics.


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