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A 3D lidar sensor for volumetric imaging in highly backscattering media
Author(s): William P. Elkins; Bobby L. Ulich; Jeffrey G. Lawrence; Harold E. Linton
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Paper Abstract

A novel CCD sensor and associated camera, capable of operating in a burst mode at 100 million frames per second (Mfps) has been developed. This camera, referred to as “the Zenith camera” is combined with a fast pulse source of laser illumination to provide effective three-dimensional (3D) volumetric imaging of objects contained within a highly back-scattering media. Each 16-frame burst establishes an image data-cube. The Zenith sensor is equipped with a custom micro-lens-array to overcome sensor fill factor limitations. Camera performance is evaluated to address and quantify a variety of parameters critical to the lidar application. This includes fundamental signal-to-noise performance, as well as temporal resolution effects such as image lag occurring between adjacent frames within a data-cube. Image processing methods aimed at overcoming any residual image lag or other performance limitations are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5791, Laser Radar Technology and Applications X, (19 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.604112
Show Author Affiliations
William P. Elkins, Kaman Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Bobby L. Ulich, Kaman Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Jeffrey G. Lawrence, Kaman Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Harold E. Linton, Kaman Aerospace Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5791:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications X
Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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