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Low-cost high-resolution video-rate imaging optical radar
Author(s): John T. Sackos; Robert O. Nellums; Steve M. Lebien; Carl F. Diegert; Jeffrey W. Grantham; Todd C. Monson
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Paper Abstract

Sandia National Laboratories has developed a unique type of portable low-cost range imaging optical radar (laser radar or LADAR). This innovative sensor is comprised of an active floodlight scene illuminator and an image intensified CCD camera receiver. It is a solid-state device (no moving parts) that offers significant size, performance, reliability, and simplicity advantages over other types of 3D imaging sensors. This unique flash LADAR is based on low- cost, commercially available hardware, and is well suited for many government and commercial uses. This paper presents an update of Sandia's development of the Scannerless Range Imager technology and applications, and discusses the progress that has been made in evolving the sensor into a compact, low cost, high-resolution, video rate Laser Dynamic Range Imager.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 1998
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 3380, Laser Radar Technology and Applications III, (8 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.327205
Show Author Affiliations
John T. Sackos, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Robert O. Nellums, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Steve M. Lebien, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Carl F. Diegert, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Jeffrey W. Grantham, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Todd C. Monson, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3380:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications III
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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