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A 32x32 pixel FLASH laser radar system incorporating InGaAs PIN and APD detectors
Author(s): John Christopher Dries; Brian Miles; Roger Stettner
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Paper Abstract

We report on the demonstration of an InGaAs PIN and Avalanche Photodiode (APD) based "FLASH" 3-dimensional imaging system. The system utilizes a unique LADAR readout integrated circuit (ROIC) designed to operate using either PIN or APD based devices fabricated on a common cathode substrate. In addition to a digital range count that is output from each of the 1024 pixels, on-chip signal processing enables sub-six inch range resolution in a single FLASH image. The uniformity of the breakdown voltage, gain, and dark current of the InGaAs APDs fabricated for this demonstration greatly simplifies the ROIC architecture, as input offset voltage trimming is unnecessary. The ROIC architecture enables advanced LADAR applications such as first pulse suppression, programmed range interrogation, and return pulse shape sampling enabling dramatic improvements in range accuracy using advanced ranging algorithms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5412, Laser Radar Technology and Applications IX, (13 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.542609
Show Author Affiliations
John Christopher Dries, Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (United States)
Brian Miles, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Roger Stettner, Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5412:
Laser Radar Technology and Applications IX
Gary W. Kamerman; Gary W. Kamerman, Editor(s)

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