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Laser diode arrays for expanded mine detection capability
Author(s): Frank J. Crosby; John H. Holloway; Danny A. Petee; Suzanne P. Stetson; Harold R. Suiter; Ken R. Tinsley
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Paper Abstract

A tactical unmanned aerial vehicle-size illumination system for enhanced mine detection capabilities has been designed, developed, integrated, and tested at the Coastal Systems Station. Airborne test flights were performed from June 12, 2001 to February 1, 2002. The Airborne Laser Diode Array Illuminator uses a single-wavelength compact laser diode array stack to provide illumination and is coupled with a pair of intensified CCD video cameras. The cameras were outfitted with various lenses and polarization filters to determine the benefits of each of the configurations. The first airborne demonstration of a laser diode illumination system is described and its effectiveness to perform nighttime mine detection operations is shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 August 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4742, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VII, (13 August 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.479067
Show Author Affiliations
Frank J. Crosby, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
John H. Holloway, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Danny A. Petee, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Suzanne P. Stetson, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Harold R. Suiter, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Ken R. Tinsley, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4742:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets VII
J. Thomas Broach; Russell S Harmon; Gerald J. Dobeck, Editor(s)

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