The noise suppressions in the chaos lidar (CLIDAR) and the synchronized chaos lidar (S-CLIDAR) systems with the optoelectronic feedback (OEF) and optical feedback (OF) schemes are studied numerically. Compared with the CLIDAR system, the S-CLIDAR system with the OEF scheme has better correlation coefficients in the large noise regime for SNR < 15 dB. For the S-CLIDAR system with the OF scheme, better detections are also achieved in wide ranges depending on the levels of the phase noise presented in the channel. To have the best synchronization and detection quality, the optimized conditions for the coupling and feedback strengths in the S-CLIDAR system are also discussed.
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Chaos lidar (CLIDAR) utilizing laser chaos was proposed and studied  due to its advantages of high resolution and long unambiguous range in ranging. The unique characteristics of CLIDAR were mostly benefited by the broadband chaotic waveforms used, which can be generated with nonlinear laser dynamics in an optical feedback (OF)  , an optoelectronic feedback (OEF)   , or an optical injection (OI)    scheme. Similar to other conventional modulated continuous-wave lidars   , target detections in the CLIDAR system are realized by correlating the signal waveform backscattered from the target with a delayed replica from the transmitter laser. Although the proof-of-concept experiments have been demonstrated previously  where the range resolutions and peak-to-sidelobe levels have been investigated, the effect of channel noise on the detection performance has not yet been discussed.
To understand the behavior of the CLIDAR system in a real environment with atmosphere disturbance, perturbations of additive white Gaussian noise and random phase noise on the amplitude and phase, respectively, of the signal waveforms are considered in this study. To mitigate the degradation in detection due to the undesired noise and to take a step further to fully exploit the advantages of laser chaos, a modified synchronized-CLIDAR (S-CLIDAR) system using a receiver laser to synchronize with the transmitter laser are proposed and studied. Instead of detecting the noise-contaminated signal with a photodetector directly, the signal waveform is coupled into a receiver laser and drives it into synchronization  where the receiver laser can reproduce the original chaotic waveform from the transmitter laser without being distorted by the channel noise. In this paper, the detection performances of the CLIDAR and the S-CLIDAR systems under the OEF and the OF schemes are compared and investigated numerically. With the CLIDAR system as the benchmark, noise suppressions of the S-CLIDAR systems under different levels of noise are studied. The optimized conditions to have the highest possible correlation coefficients are also discussed and given.
Figures 1(a)–(d) show the schematic setups of the original CLIDAR and the newly proposed S-CLIDAR systems with the OEF and the OF schemes. The yellow and blue dots denote the transmitter and receiver outputs. For the CLIDAR systems as shown in Figs. 1(a) and (b), the range delays of the targets are determined directly from the correlations of the receiver outputs (the backscattered signals detected by the photodetectors) (blue dots) and the transmitter outputs (the reference signals from the transmitter lasers (Tx) (yellow dots). On the other hand, for the S-CLIDAR systems as shown in Figs. 1(c) and (d), the backscattered signals are instead coupled into the receiver lasers (Rx), electrically for the OEF and optically for the OI schemes, to drive the Rx to synchronize with the Tx. The receiver outputs (the synchronized waveforms) (blue dots) are then used to correlate with the transmitter output (yellow dots). Note that, the Rx has its own feedback loop governed by the feedback strength ηR and the delay time τR, where ηR = 0 represents cases when the Rx is in an open-loop configuration and ηR ≠ 0 represents the cases when the Rx is in a close-loop configuration.
The nonlinear dynamics of the Tx and Rx for the CLIDAR and the S-CLIDAR systems can be modelled by the following coupled rate equations:14].
To simulate the disturbance in the transmission channel and study the degradation in detection affected by the noise, amplitude and phase noises are added to the backscattered signals before receiving by the photodetector in the CLIDAR and by the Rx in the S-CLIDAR systems, respectively. Modelled by an additive white Gaussian noise RN1 with zero mean and variance of and a random phase noise RN2 evenly distributed in the range between [−π, π], the amplitude and phase noise are added to the respective amplitude aC(t) and the phase ϕC(t) of the received signals,
To quantify the performance of target detection in different schemes, the correlation coefficients under different noise levels are calculated as
3. Results and discussions
Figures 2(a) and (b) show the time series and autocorrelation of the transmitted waveform from the Tx of the OEF scheme with a delay time τT = 9.5 ns and a feedback strength ηOEF,T = 0.123, respectively. For the S-CLIDAR system with the OEF scheme, since the backscattered light is converted to the electric signal before coupling to the Rx, little effect of the phase noise from the channel is found. Under the influence of the amplitude noise with SNR = 0 dB, the detected waveforms in the receivers and their corresponding correlations to the transmitted waveform for the CLIDAR and the S-CLIDAR systems are shown in Figs. 2(c)–(f), respectively. As can be seen, compared with the received waveform in the CLIDAR system that is noisy and severely distorted from the transmitted waveform, the waveform reproduced by the Rx through synchronization in the S-CLIDAR system has little distortion. Correlation coefficients of 0.73 and 0.97 are obtained for the CLIDAR and the S-CLIDAR systems at a delay of 15.5 ns, which is the range delay of the target in the transmission channel τC = 15.5 ns under the generalized synchronized condition. Note that, to have the best synchronization for the highest possible correlation coefficient, the coupling strength ηOEF,C and the feedback strength ηOEF,R of the S-CLIDAR system have to be optimized with different levels of noise presented in the channel. Through simulations, for SNR = 0 dB, optimized coupling strength and feedback strength of ηOEF,C = 1.3 and ηOEF,R = 0 are found showing that the S-CLIDAR system has a better synchronization performance under a generalized synchronization condition with an open-loop configuration. Detailed investigations on the optimized coupling strengths under different SNRs for the S-CLIDAR systems with the OEF and the OE schemes will be discussed and given in Fig. 6.
Figures 3(a) and (b) show the time series and autocorrelation of the transmitted waveform from the Tx of the OF scheme with a delay time τT = 9.5 ns and a feedback strength ηOF,T = 0.2, respectively. Unlike in the OEF scheme, the phase noise is found to affect the synchronization significantly in the Rx for the S-CLIDAR system with the OF scheme. With SNR = 0 dB, Figs. 3(c)–(j) show the time series of the detected waveforms and their corresponding correlations to the transmitted waveform for the CLIDAR and the S-CLIDAR systems with the phase noise levels of m = 0, 0.5, and 0.75, respectively. As can be seen, although not being affected by the phase noise, the detected waveform of the CLIDAR system as shown in Fig. 3(c) is distorted severely from the transmitted waveform solely because of the influence of the amplitude noise where a correlation coefficient of only 0.36 is found. On the contrary, the S-CLIDAR system shows good ability in filtering both the amplitude and the phase noises, where correlation coefficients of 0.88, 0.82, and 0.53 are achieved for phase noise levels of m = 0, 0.5, and 0.75, respectively.
Figure 4 shows the correlation coefficients of the CLIDAR and the S-CLIDAR systems with the OEF and the OF schemes for different levels of noise. As shown in Fig. 4(a), both the CLIDAR and the S-CLIDAR systems with the OEF scheme show excellent performance with correlation coefficients close to unity for SNR > 15 dB. As for −17 dB < SNR < 15 dB, the S-CLIDAR shows better performance benefitted from the noise filtering through synchronization. After the amplitude noise increases to a level of SNR < −17 dB, the synchronization condition is broken and both the CLIDAR and the S-CLIDAR systems cannot determined the range delay from the correlation coefficients.
For the OF scheme as shown in Fig. 4(b), the correlation coefficients of the CLIDAR and the S-CLDAR systems maintain at constant levels for SNR > 15 dB. While the S-CLIDAR system has the same correlation coefficient of a value close to unity as in the CLIDAR system for m = 0, the performance degrades as the level of phase noise increases. For −17 dB < SNR < 15 dB, the correlation coefficient of the CLIDAR system drops quickly even when only affecting by the amplitude noise. Meanwhile, the correlation coefficients of the S-CLIDAR system stay at higher levels benefitted by the synchronization process.
Using the CLIDAR system as the benchmark, the capabilities of the S-CLIDAR system in noise suppression with the OEF and the OF schemes under different noise levels are calculated and shown in Fig. 5. Figure 5 shows the differences of the correlation coefficients between the S-CLIDAR and the CLIDAR systems15] .
In this study, the coupling and the feedback strengths of the Rx in the S-CLIDAR system are optimized for the highest possible correlation coefficients. With all levels of noise, an open-loop configuration and a generalized synchronization condition are found to have the best performance in general. Figures 6(a) and (b) show the optimized ηOEF,C and ηOF,C for different noise levels, respectively. For the OEF scheme in a low noise regime with SNR > 15 dB, a larger ηOEF,C is desired for better synchronization. As the level of noise increases to SNR < 15 dB, the optimized coupling strength decreases as the noise level increases. In this regime, a strong coupling couples too much noise into the Rx and causes the degradation in synchronization. For the OF scheme, a larger ηOF,C is also desired in the low noise regime when the phase noise is not presented (m = 0). When the phase noise is notable (m = 0.5 and 0.75) or when the amplitude noise increases (lower SNR), lower the coupling strengths are required for optimal synchronization and target detections.
In conclusion, the noise suppressions of the CLIDAR and the S-CLIDAR systems with the OEF and the OF schemes are numerically studied and compared. With the capability of noise filtering through synchronization, the S-CLIDAR system with the OEF scheme shows better detection performance for SNR < 15 dB. The S-CLIDAR system with the OF scheme also shows better detections in the low SNR regime, where the range outperforming the CLIDAR system gradually decreases when the phase noise in the channel increases. The conditions for the highest possible correlation coefficients are also given, where an open-loop configuration under a generalized synchronization condition along with an optimized coupling strength depending on the noise level are desired. Experimental characterizations on the noise suppressions and detection performance of the S-CLIDAR system will be carried out and reported separately.
This work is supported by the National Science Council of Taiwan under contract NSC-97-2112-M-007-017-MY3.
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