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29 April 2010 32 × 32 Geiger-mode ladar camera
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For the wide applications of LAser Detection and Ranging (LADAR) imaging with large format Geiger-mode (GM) avalanche photodiode (APD) arrays, it is critical and challenging to develop a LADAR camera suitable to volume production with enough component tolerance and stable performance. Recently Spectrolab and Black Forest Engineering developed a new 32x32 Read-Out Integrated Circuit (ROIC) for LADAR applications. With a specially designed high voltage input protection circuit, the ROIC can work properly even with more than 1 % of pixels shorted in the APD array; this feature will greatly improve the camera long-term stability and manufacturing throughput. The Non-uniform Bias circuit provides bias voltage tunability over a 2.5 V range individually for each pixel and greatly reduces the impact of the non-uniformity of an APD array. A SMIA high speed serial digital interface streamlines data download and supports frame rates up to 30 kHz. The ROIC can operate with a 0.5 ns time resolution without vernier bits; 14 bits of dynamic range provides 8 μs of range gate width. At the meeting we will demonstrate more performance of this newly developed 32x32 Geiger-mode LADAR camera.
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