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Eyesafe 3D flash ladar for targets under obscuration
Author(s): Maurice J. Halmos
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Paper Abstract

Raytheon has been funded by DARPA to develop an FPA for single shot eyesafe ladar operation. The goal of the program is to develop new high speed imaging arrays to rapidly acquire high resolution, three dimensional images of tactical targets at ranges as long as 7 to 10 kilometers. This would provide precision strike, target identification from rapidly moving platforms, such as air-to-ground seekers, which would enhanced counter-counter measure (CCM) performance and the ability to lock-on after launch. Also a goal is to demonstrate the acquisition of hidden, camouflaged and partially obscured targets. Raytheon's approach consists of using HgCdTe APD arrays which offer unique advantages for high performance eyesafe LADAR sensors. In this paper we present the progress to date on the program. The detector array is coupled with a Readout Integrated Circuit, ROIC, that captures all the information required for accurate range determination. The two components encompass a hybrid imaging array consisting of two IC circuit chips vertically integrated via an array of indium metal “bumps.” The results of the first phase of the program are given, along with the second phase plans.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 August 2003
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 5086, Laser Radar Technology and Applications VIII, (21 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.503205
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Maurice J. Halmos, Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5086:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications VIII
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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