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21 October 2015 Versatile illumination platform and fast optical switch to give standard observation camera gated active imaging capacity
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CILAS, subsidiary of Airbus Defense and Space, develops, manufactures and sales laser-based optronics equipment for defense and homeland security applications. Part of its activity is related to active systems for threat detection, recognition and identification. Active surveillance and active imaging systems are often required to achieve identification capacity in case for long range observation in adverse conditions. In order to ease the deployment of active imaging systems often complex and expensive, CILAS suggests a new concept. It consists on the association of two apparatus working together. On one side, a patented versatile laser platform enables high peak power laser illumination for long range observation. On the other side, a small camera add-on works as a fast optical switch to select photons with specific time of flight only. The association of the versatile illumination platform and the fast optical switch presents itself as an independent body, so called “flash module”, giving to virtually any passive observation systems gated active imaging capacity in NIR and SWIR.
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R. Grasser, Benjamin Peyronneaudi, Kevin Yon, and Marie Aubry "Versatile illumination platform and fast optical switch to give standard observation camera gated active imaging capacity", Proc. SPIE 9652, Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism, Crime Fighting, and Defence XI; and Optical Materials and Biomaterials in Security and Defence Systems Technology XII, 96520K (21 October 2015); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2194924
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