29 December 2017 Real-time computational photon-counting LiDAR
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The availability of compact, low-cost, and high-speed MEMS-based spatial light modulators has generated widespread interest in alternative sampling strategies for imaging systems utilizing single-pixel detectors. The development of compressed sensing schemes for real-time computational imaging may have promising commercial applications for high-performance detectors, where the availability of focal plane arrays is expensive or otherwise limited. We discuss the research and development of a prototype light detection and ranging (LiDAR) system via direct time of flight, which utilizes a single high-sensitivity photon-counting detector and fast-timing electronics to recover millimeter accuracy three-dimensional images in real time. The development of low-cost real time computational LiDAR systems could have importance for applications in security, defense, and autonomous vehicles.
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Matthew P. Edgar, Matthew P. Edgar, Steven Johnson, Steven Johnson, David B. Phillips, David B. Phillips, Miles J. Padgett, Miles J. Padgett, } "Real-time computational photon-counting LiDAR," Optical Engineering 57(3), 031304 (29 December 2017). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.57.3.031304 . Submission: Received: 3 October 2017; Accepted: 8 December 2017
Received: 3 October 2017; Accepted: 8 December 2017; Published: 29 December 2017


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