25 September 2009 Monostatic Ladar demonstrator with micro-optical bidirectional beam control
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In recent times the importance of Ladar systems for military applications increases rapidly. Prevalent application in this area is 3D imaging. Conventional 3D scanning systems usually employ mirror-based mechanisms. Often these suffer from bulky architecture and a fixed scanning pattern. In this paper we describe an experimental monostatic Ladar setup with micro-optical bidirectional beam control. This system offers certain advantages like random beam pointing and a compact design due to transmissive optical elements with combined emitter and receiver channel. Our publication depicts the setup of a Ladar demonstrator with micro-optical beam steering at lab-level. The range finding system is based on time-of-flight principle at near infrared wavelength. Due to monostatic configuration a single detector is used for start and stop pulse generation. The beam steering is accomplished with decentred micro-lens arrays, which are driven by a precision alignment system. The micro-optical elements act as entrance and exit aperture simultaneously. The results of laboratory characterization measurements and data evaluations complete our overview of the accomplished work.
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Matthias Rungenhagen, Matthias Rungenhagen, Manuel Kunz, Manuel Kunz, Eugen Romasew, Eugen Romasew, Hans Dieter Tholl, Hans Dieter Tholl, } "Monostatic Ladar demonstrator with micro-optical bidirectional beam control", Proc. SPIE 7483, Technologies for Optical Countermeasures VI, 74830Q (25 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.829132; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.829132


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