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Method for distance determination using range-gated imaging suitable for an arbitrary pulse shape
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Paper Abstract

A method for distance determination with the help of range-gated viewing systems suitable for the arbitrary shape of the illumination pulse is proposed. The method is based on finding the delay time at which maximum of the return pulse energy takes place. The maximum position depends on the pulse and gate durations and, generally speaking, on the pulse shape. If the pulse length is less than or equal to the gate duration, the delay time appropriate to the maximum does not depend on the pulse shape. At equal pulse and gate durations, there is a strict local maximum, which turns into a plateau when pulse is shorter than gate duration. A delay time appropriate to the strict local maximum or the far boundary of the plateau (where non-strict maximum is) is directly related to the distance to the object. These findings are confirmed by analytical relationships for trapezoid pulses and numerical results for the real pulse shape. To verify the proposed method we used a vertical wall located at different distances from 15 to 120m as an observed object. Delay time was changing discretely in increments of 5 ns. Maximum of the signal was determined by visual observation of the object on the monitor screen. The distance defined by the proposed method coincided with the direct measurement with accuracy 1- 2m, which is comparable with the delay time step multiplied by half of the light velocity. The results can be useful in the development of 3-D vision systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 2017
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 10433, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications XIV, 1043309 (6 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2277931
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Vitaly Kabashnikov, B.I. Stepanov Institute of Physics (Belarus)
Boris Kuntsevich, B.I. Stepanov Institute of Physics (Belarus)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10433:
Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications XIV
David A. Huckridge; Reinhard Ebert; Helge Bürsing, Editor(s)

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