Abstract

Acousto-optic spectrum analyzers provide a convenient means of separating wide-bandwidth signals into their frequency components. By a change in the rf input signal into the spectrum analyzer and by the provision of additional digital postprocessing, it is possible to perform radiometry, signal autocorrelation, and matched-filter reception. Although the acousto-optic device has a space-integrating architecture, the matched-filter receiver can be implemented for signals having time durations much longer than the acousto-optic cell. The resulting signal-to-noise ratio improvements from the receiver are consistent with the time–bandwidth product of the waveform, rather than the time–bandwidth product of the acousto-optic device. A mathematical foundation of the processor is presented along with specific receiver implementations. Computer-simulation and experimental results demonstrate key findings. In one experimental example, a linear-frequency-modulated waveform is matched-filter processed to recover a signal that is -24 dB with respect to the input noise floor.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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