Impact of primary aberrations on coherent lidar performance

Qi Hu, Peter John Rodrigo, Theis F. Q. Iversen, Christian Pedersen, Yakov G. Soskind, Craig Olson
2014 Photonic Instrumentation Engineering  
In this work we investigate the performance of a monostatic coherent lidar system in which the transmit beam is under the influence of primary phase aberrations: spherical aberration (SA) and astigmatism. The experimental investigation is realized by probing the spatial weighting function of the lidar system using different optical transceiver configurations. A rotating belt is used as a hard target. Our study shows that the lidar weighting function suffers from both spatial broadening and
more » ... broadening and shift in peak position in the presence of aberration. It is to our knowledge the first experimental demonstration of these tendencies. Furthermore, our numerical and experimental results show good agreement. We also demonstrate how the truncation of the transmit beam affects the system performance. It is both experimentally and numerically proven that aberration effects have profound impact on the antenna efficiency, the optimum truncation of the transmit beam and the spatial sensitivity of a CW coherent lidar system. Under strong degree of aberration, the spatial confinement is significantly degraded. However for SA, the degradation of the spatial confinement can be reduced by tuning the truncation of the transmit beam, which results from the novel finding in this work, namely, that the optimum truncation ratio depends on the degree of SA.
doi:10.1117/12.2037179 fatcat:tky5cnlssbg3hpx3qktkmpudnu