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Novel low-cost camera-based continuous wave laser detection
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Paper Abstract

A novel, low-cost, camera-based method of detecting Continuous Wave (CW) lasers has been developed at DSTL. The detector uses a simple optical modification to a standard colour camera combined with image processing techniques to distinguish lasers from other illumination sources, as well as measuring the wavelength, direction and irradiance of the laser light. Such a detector has applications in collecting information on aircraft laser dazzle incidents: providing the evidence required to inform on aircrew laser exposure events and to assess if engagements are eye safe. A prototype has been developed using entirely Commercially available Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components, costing ≈£600, and assessed in the laboratory conditions, with the capability of measuring laser wavelengths to ±5nm and irradiances to ±10%. A realistic hand-held laser engagement scenario, using a range of relevant wavelengths and irradiances, was simulated during the Moonraker trial where the prototype was capable of measuring laser wavelengths to an accuracy of ±10nm, and peak irradiances to ±25%. Comparisons were made with a COTS laser detector, and showed an equivalent performance. This technology offers a low cost approach to CW laser detection, which is capable of extracting a range of parameters, whilst maintaining a relatively wide Field of View (FOV) and angular resolution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 2019
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 11019, Situation Awareness in Degraded Environments 2019, 110190B (1 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2518230
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Sean Tipper, Defence Science and Technology Lab. (United Kingdom)
Christopher Burgess, Defence Science and Technology Lab. (United Kingdom)
Christopher Westgate, Defence Science and Technology Lab. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11019:
Situation Awareness in Degraded Environments 2019
John (Jack) N. Sanders-Reed; Jarvis (Trey) J. Arthur III, Editor(s)

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