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Achievable precision for optical ranging systems

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dc.contributor.author Moision, Bruce
dc.contributor.author Erkmen, Baris I.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-02T16:02:56Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-02T16:02:56Z
dc.date.issued 2012-08-16
dc.identifier.citation SPIE Optics and Photonics, San Diego, California, August 12-16, 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 12-4224
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/43088
dc.description.abstract Achievable RMS errors in estimating the phase, frequency, and intensity of a direct-detected intensity-modulated optical pulse train are presented. For each parameter, the Cram er-Rao-Bound (CRB) is derived and the performance of the Maximum Likelihood estimator is illustrated. Approximations to the CRBs are provided, enabling an intuitive understanding of estimator behavior as a function of the signaling parameters. The results are compared to achievable RMS errors in estimating the same parameters from a sinusoidal waveform in additive white Gaussian noise. This establishes a framework for a performance comparison of radio frequency (RF) and optical science. Comparisons are made using parameters for state-of-the-art deep-space RF and optical links. Degradations to the achievable errors due to clock phase noise and detector jitter are illustrated. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2012. en_US
dc.subject optical science en_US
dc.subject estimation theory en_US
dc.subject quantum-limited sensing en_US
dc.subject photon-counting detectors en_US
dc.subject Cramer Rao bounds en_US
dc.title Achievable precision for optical ranging systems en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US
dc.subject.NASATaxonomy Space Communications, Spacecraft Communications, Command and Tracking en_US


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