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Results of the final tank test of the LLNL/NAVSEA synchronous-scanning underwater laser imaging system
Author(s): Thomas J. Kulp; Darrel G. Garvis; Randall B. Kennedy; Tom Salmon; Keith Cooper
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Paper Abstract

The design and construction of a synchronous-scanning underwater imaging system capable of rapid two-dimensional scanning is described. The imager employs a 7 W all-lines argon ion laser in conjunction with a galvanometrically driven raster scanner and an image-dissector tube receiver. The imager is capable of directly generating real-time RS-170 video imagery. The results of in-water test of the imaging system demonstrate operating ranges of up to 4 attenuation lengths (AL) when running at real-time frame rates, ranges of 5.1 - 5.5 AL when operating with an 8-frame running average, and ranges of 6.3 AL when using a 128-frame running average. Future frame averaging requirements are expected to be relaxed, due to improvements in the detector preamplifier. The system performance was compared with that of several floodlight/silicon intensified target (SIT) television camera configurations, which produced a maximum imaging range of about 2.6 AL. Also, an imaging configuration that used the raster-scanned beam of the laser as an illumination source for the SIT camera was tested. That system had an ultimate range of about 4 AL.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 December 1992
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1750, Ocean Optics XI, (31 December 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.140674
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas J. Kulp, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Darrel G. Garvis, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Randall B. Kennedy, Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (United States)
Tom Salmon, Naval Sea Systems Command (United States)
Keith Cooper, Naval Sea Systems Command (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1750:
Ocean Optics XI
Gary D. Gilbert, Editor(s)

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