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Advanced laser sensing receiver concepts based on FPA technology
Author(s): Phillip L. Jacobson; Roger R. Petrin; L. John Jolin; Bernard R. Foy; John L. Lowrance; George Renda
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Paper Abstract

The ultimate performance of any remote sensor is ideally governed by the hardware signal-to-noise capability and allowed signal-averaging time. In real-world scenarios, this may not be realizable and the limiting factors may suggest the need for more advanced capabilities. Moving from passive to active remote sensors offers the advantage of control over the illumination source, the laser. Added capabilities may include polarization discrimination, instantaneous imaging, range resolution, simultaneous multi-spectral measurement, or coherent detection. However, most advanced detection technology has been engineered heavily towards the straightforward passive sensor requirements, measuring an integrated photon flux. The need for focal plane array technology designed specifically for laser sensing has been recognized for some time, but advances have only recently made the engineering possible. This paper will present a few concepts for laser sensing receiver architectures, the driving specifications behind those concepts, and test/modeling results of such designs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4721, Infrared Detectors and Focal Plane Arrays VII, (5 August 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.478859
Show Author Affiliations
Phillip L. Jacobson, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Roger R. Petrin, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
L. John Jolin, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Bernard R. Foy, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
John L. Lowrance, Princeton Scientific Instruments, Inc. (United States)
George Renda, Princeton Scientific Instruments, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4721:
Infrared Detectors and Focal Plane Arrays VII
Eustace L. Dereniak; Robert E. Sampson, Editor(s)

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