8 June 2004 Three-dimensional imaging with arrays of Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes
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Lincoln Laboratory has developed 32 x 32-pixel ladar focal planes comprising silicon geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes and high-speed all-digital CMOS timing circuitry in each pixel. In Geiger mode operation, the APD can detect as little as a single photon, producing a digital CMOS-compatible voltage pulse. This pulse is used to stop a high-speed counter in the pixel circuit, thus digitizing the time of arrival of the optical pulse. This "photon-to-digital conversion" simultaneously achieves single-photon sensitivity and 0.5-ns timing. We discuss the development of these focal planes and present imagery from ladar systems that use them.
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Brian F Aull, Brian F Aull, Andrew H. Loomis, Andrew H. Loomis, Douglas J. Young, Douglas J. Young, Alvin Stern, Alvin Stern, Bradley J. Felton, Bradley J. Felton, Peter J. Daniels, Peter J. Daniels, Debbie J. Landers, Debbie J. Landers, Larry Retherford, Larry Retherford, Dennis D. Rathman, Dennis D. Rathman, Richard M. Heinrichs, Richard M. Heinrichs, Richard M. Marino, Richard M. Marino, Daniel G. Fouche, Daniel G. Fouche, Marius A. Albota, Marius A. Albota, Robert E Hatch, Robert E Hatch, Gregory S. Rowe, Gregory S. Rowe, David G. Kocher, David G. Kocher, James G. Mooney, James G. Mooney, Michael E. O'Brien, Michael E. O'Brien, Brian E. Player, Brian E. Player, Berton C. Willard, Berton C. Willard, Zong-Long Liau, Zong-Long Liau, John J. Zayhowski, John J. Zayhowski, } "Three-dimensional imaging with arrays of Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes", Proc. SPIE 5353, Semiconductor Photodetectors, (8 June 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.532723; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.532723
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