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Redundancy analysis of raw Geiger-mode laser radar data
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Paper Abstract

In the past decade arrays of Geiger-mode Avalanche Photodiode (GmAPD) detectors have increased in size from 4×4 to 128×32, resulting in significant increases in data rates. If not handled appropriately, data collected with larger arrays and higher laser pulse repetition frequencies could potentially stress existing data dissemination and storage infrastructures. Data compression techniques that reduce storage requirements by taking advantage of data redundancies could be used to mitigate this problem. In this paper we present an analysis of the coding redundancy that exists in raw data captured with three dimensional imaging laser radar systems that employ arrays of Geiger-mode Avalanche Photodiode (GmAPD) detectors. The data we analyzed was collected in three different scanning modes, namely: mapping-mode, target-mode and stare-mode. We found that there is a significant amount of coding redundancy in raw GmAPD data which can be used to minimize storage sizes. We demonstrate that a trivial and simple approach reduces data for some scan patterns. This work represents a first step towards developing robust compression algorithms for raw GmAPD data. We present considerations for future work.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7684, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XV, 76840P (4 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.854711
Show Author Affiliations
Norman A. Lopez, FastMetrix, Inc. (United States)
Gary W. Kamerman, FastMetrix, Inc. (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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