1 April 2010 Conspicuity tape for enhanced laser range finding
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The signal from a laser range finder is greatly enhanced by attaching a retroreflector to the target. Low-cost, lightweight retroreflectors can be fabricated from conspicuity tape. This work reports the near-infrared retroreflection characteristics of conspicuity tape from bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF) measurements at 904 nm. BRDF values approach 500 sr-1 at near normal incidence. The BRDF test results are applied to predict the performance of alternate lightweight retroreflector designs suitable for tracking small helium balloons. The combination of a range finder and retroreflecting balloon enable a low-cost, high-performance method for wind profiling.
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Alan B. Marchant, Kyle D. Jeppson, Ryan T. Scott, "Conspicuity tape for enhanced laser range finding," Optical Engineering 49(4), 046401 (1 April 2010). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.3378104 . Submission:
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