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Three-dimensional laser radar with APD arrays
Author(s): Rick Heinrichs; Brian F. Aull; Richard M. Marino; Daniel G. Fouche; Alexander K. McIntosh; John J. Zayhowski; Timothy Stephens; Michael E. O'Brien; Marius A. Albota
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Paper Abstract

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is actively developing laser and detector technologies that make it possible to build a 3D laser radar with several attractive features, including capture of an entire 3D image on a single laser pulse, tens of thousands of pixels, few-centimeter range resolution, and small size, weight, and power requirements. The laser technology is base don diode-pumped solid-state microchip lasers that are passively Q-switched. The detector technology is based on Lincoln-built arrays of avalanche photodiodes operating in the Geiger mode, with integrated timing circuitry for each pixel. The advantage of these technologies is that they offer the potential for small, compact, rugged, high-performance systems which are critical for many applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 September 2001
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4377, Laser Radar Technology and Applications VI, (19 September 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.440098
Show Author Affiliations
Rick Heinrichs, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Brian F. Aull, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Richard M. Marino, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Daniel G. Fouche, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Alexander K. McIntosh, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
John J. Zayhowski, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Timothy Stephens, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Michael E. O'Brien, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Marius A. Albota, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4377:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications VI
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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