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Hybrid avalanche photodiode ranging and photon-counting altimeter
Author(s): B. Dierickx; S. Bellis; N. Witvrouwen; B. Dupont; A. Defernez; C. Jackson
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Paper Abstract

Avalanche photodiodes are very well suited and extensively used for low light application. In this paper we present a devise using avalanche photodiodes in conjunction with a pulsed laser-source to be used as an optical altimeter. The extreme sensitivity of a dedicated silicon SPAD array is combined with a versatile standard CMOS readout circuit to achieve unique performances. This imaging device is able to perform ranging with four centimeters accuracy over five kilometers distance. It is also capable of delivering quantum limited images. Development of the readout circuit will be disclosed as well as measurement results performed on the final device.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 2010
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 7826, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIV, 78261Q (13 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.868046
Show Author Affiliations
B. Dierickx, Caeleste CVBA (Belgium)
Vrije Univ. Brussel (Belgium)
S. Bellis, SensL Ltd. (Ireland)
N. Witvrouwen, Caeleste CVBA (Belgium)
B. Dupont, Caeleste CVBA (Belgium)
Paris XIII Univ. (France)
A. Defernez, Caeleste CVBA (Belgium)
C. Jackson, SensL Ltd. (Ireland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7826:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XIV
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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