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18 October 2007 Novel applications of an affordable short-range digital Lidar
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The design and application results of an affordable short range (less than 100 m) digital LIDAR (LIght Detection And Ranging) system will be presented. This work was initiated because many short-range standoff detection applications would benefit from such a system. The lidar features a fiber-based component integrated in the optical module, which allows for hardware partial compensation of the backscattered signal losses observed at short distances due to a biaxial configuration of the lidar optics. This is an important advantage for particle density computations. The digitized backscattered laser signals are available for signal processing. A dedicated FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) allows for real-time averaging of the signal waveforms captured at the maximum 50-kHz pulse repetition frequency of the laser. Several application-specific tests have been performed. The first of these was real-time onboard monitoring of pesticide drift in agricultural spraying applications. The signal levels were sufficient for control of the spraying operations and prevention of pesticide drift into sensitive areas. The second was a dust monitoring application. The lidar was installed in a quarry and signals from dust clouds were recorded. Real-time monitoring capabilities were shown to be promising. Other applications involving detection of solid targets in degraded visibility conditions caused by fog or snowfalls were also tested and are discussed.
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M. Allard, F. Cayer, Y. Champagne, F. Babin, and D. Cantin "Novel applications of an affordable short-range digital Lidar", Proc. SPIE 6681, Lidar Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring VIII, 66810L (18 October 2007);

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