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Signal processing on waveform data from the Eyesafe Ladar Testbed (ELT)
Author(s): Kevin D. Neilsen; Scott E. Budge; Robert T. Pack
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Paper Abstract

The Eyesafe Ladar Test-bed (ELT) is a raster scanning, single-beam, energy-detection ladar with the capability of digitizing and recording the return pulse waveform at 2 GHz in the field for off-line 3D point cloud formation research in the laboratory. The ELT serves as a prime tool in understanding the behavior of ladar waveforms. Signal processing techniques have been applied to the ELT waveform in an effort to exploit the signal with respect to noise reduction, range resolution improvement, and ability to discriminate between two surfaces of similar range. This paper presents a signal processing method used on the ELT waveform. In the processing, three deconvolution techniques were investigated-the Wiener filter, Richardson-Lucy deconvolution, and a new method that synthesizes the surface response using least squares minimization. Range error and range resolution are reported for these methods.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7684, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XV, 76840R (29 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.850738
Show Author Affiliations
Kevin D. Neilsen, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Scott E. Budge, Utah State Univ. (United States)
Robert T. Pack, Utah State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7684:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications XV
Monte D. Turner; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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