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Three-dimensional imaging with 1.06um Geiger-mode ladar camera
Author(s): Ping Yuan; Rengarajan Sudharsanan; Xiaogang Bai; Paul McDonald; Eduardo Labios; Bryan Morris; John P. Nicholson; Gary M. Stuart; Harrison Danny; Stephen Van Duyne; Greg Pauls; Stephen Gaalema
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Paper Abstract

Three-dimensional (3D) topographic imaging using Short wavelength infrared (SWIR) Laser Detection and Range (LADAR) systems have been successfully demonstrated on various platforms. LADAR imaging provides coverage down to inch-level fidelity and allows for effective wide-area terrain mapping. Recently Spectrolab has demonstrated a compact 32×32 LADAR camera with single photon-level sensitivity with small size, weight, and power (SWAP) budget. This camera has many special features such as non-uniform bias correction, variable range gate width from 2 microseconds to 6 microseconds, windowing for smaller arrays, and shorted pixel protection. Boeing integrated this camera with a 1.06 μm pulse laser on various platforms and had demonstrated 3D imaging. In this presentation, the operation details of this camera and 3D imaging demonstration using this camera on various platforms will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 May 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8379, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XVII, 837902 (14 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.919797
Show Author Affiliations
Ping Yuan, Spectrolab, Inc. (United States)
Rengarajan Sudharsanan, Spectrolab, Inc. (United States)
Xiaogang Bai, Spectrolab, Inc. (United States)
Paul McDonald, Spectrolab, Inc. (United States)
Eduardo Labios, Spectrolab, Inc. (United States)
Bryan Morris, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
John P. Nicholson, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
Gary M. Stuart, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
Harrison Danny, Boeing-SVS, Inc. (United States)
Stephen Van Duyne, Black Forest Engineering LLC (United States)
Greg Pauls, Black Forest Engineering LLC (United States)
Stephen Gaalema, Black Forest Engineering LLC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8379:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications XVII
Monte D. Turner; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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