19 September 2001 Three-dimensional laser radar with APD arrays
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MIT Lincoln Laboratory is actively developing laser and detector technologies that make it possible to build a 3D laser radar with several attractive features, including capture of an entire 3D image on a single laser pulse, tens of thousands of pixels, few-centimeter range resolution, and small size, weight, and power requirements. The laser technology is base don diode-pumped solid-state microchip lasers that are passively Q-switched. The detector technology is based on Lincoln-built arrays of avalanche photodiodes operating in the Geiger mode, with integrated timing circuitry for each pixel. The advantage of these technologies is that they offer the potential for small, compact, rugged, high-performance systems which are critical for many applications.
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Rick Heinrichs, Brian F. Aull, Richard M. Marino, Daniel G. Fouche, Alexander K. McIntosh, John J. Zayhowski, Timothy Stephens, Michael E. O'Brien, Marius A. Albota, "Three-dimensional laser radar with APD arrays", Proc. SPIE 4377, Laser Radar Technology and Applications VI, (19 September 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.440098; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.440098
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