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Range-gated LADAR coherent imaging using parametric up-conversion of IR and NIR light for imaging with a visible-range fast-shuttered intensified digital CCD camera
Author(s): George J. Yates; Thomas E. McDonald; David E. Bliss; Stewart M. Cameron; Fred J. Zutavern; Paul A. Zagarino
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Paper Abstract

Research is presented on infrared (IR) and near infrared (NIR) sensitive sensor technologies for use in a high speed shuttered/intensified digital video camera for range-gated imaging at eye-safe wavelengths in the region of 1.5 microns. The study is based upon nonlinear crystals used for second harmonic generation (SHG) in optical parametric oscillators (OPOs) for conversion of NIR and IR laser light to visible range light for detection with generic S-20 photocathodes. The intensifiers are stripline geometry 18-mm diameter microchannel plate intensifiers (MCPIIs), designed by Los Alamos National Laboratory and manufactured by Philips Photonics. The MCPIIs are designed for fast optical shuttering with exposures and resolution for the wavelength conversion process are reported. Experimental set-ups for the wavelength shifting and the optical configurations for producing and transporting laser reflectance images are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 April 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4308, High-Speed Imaging and Sequence Analysis III, (11 April 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.425001
Show Author Affiliations
George J. Yates, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Thomas E. McDonald, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
David E. Bliss, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Stewart M. Cameron, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Fred J. Zutavern, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Paul A. Zagarino, Sharpenit Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4308:
High-Speed Imaging and Sequence Analysis III
James S. Walton; Alan M. Frank, Editor(s)

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