18 June 2013 A novel optical gating method for laser gated imaging
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For the past 15 years, Elbit Systems is developing time-resolved active laser-gated imaging (LGI) systems for various applications. Traditional LGI systems are based on high sensitive gated sensors, synchronized to pulsed laser sources. Elbit propriety multi-pulse per frame method, which is being implemented in LGI systems, improves significantly the imaging quality. A significant characteristic of the LGI is its ability to penetrate a disturbing media, such as rain, haze and some fog types. Current LGI systems are based on image intensifier (II) sensors, limiting the system in spectral response, image quality, reliability and cost. A novel propriety optical gating module was developed in Elbit, untying the dependency of LGI system on II. The optical gating module is not bounded to the radiance wavelength and positioned between the system optics and the sensor. This optical gating method supports the use of conventional solid state sensors. By selecting the appropriate solid state sensor, the new LGI systems can operate at any desired wavelength. In this paper we present the new gating method characteristics, performance and its advantages over the II gating method. The use of the gated imaging systems is described in a variety of applications, including results from latest field experiments.
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Ran Ginat, Ran Ginat, Ron Schneider, Ron Schneider, Eyal Zohar, Eyal Zohar, Ofer Nesher, Ofer Nesher, } "A novel optical gating method for laser gated imaging", Proc. SPIE 8704, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIX, 87042K (18 June 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2018118; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2018118
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