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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 41, Iss. 6 — Feb. 20, 2002
  • pp: 1063–1070

Optical Design and Evaluation of a Three-Dimensional Imaging and Ranging System Based on Time-Correlated Single-Photon Counting

John Massa, Gerald Buller, Andrew Walker, George Smith, Sergio Cova, Manickam Umasuthan, and Andrew Wallace  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 6, pp. 1063-1070 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.41.001063


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Abstract

The design and operation of a noncontact surface profilometry system based on the time-correlated single-photon-counting technique are described. This system has a robust optomechanical design and uses an eye-safe laser that makes it particularly suitable for operation in an uncontrolled industrial environment. The sensitivity of the photon-counting technique permits its use on a variety of target materials, and its mode of operation does not require the continual presence of an operator. The system described has been optimized for a 1–25-m standoff, has a distance repeatability of <30 μm, and has a transverse spatial resolution of ~60 μm at a 2-m standoff and ~400 μm at a 13-m standoff.

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OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(290.4020) Scattering : Mie theory
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles

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John Massa, Gerald Buller, Andrew Walker, George Smith, Sergio Cova, Manickam Umasuthan, and Andrew Wallace, "Optical Design and Evaluation of a Three-Dimensional Imaging and Ranging System Based on Time-Correlated Single-Photon Counting," Appl. Opt. 41, 1063-1070 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-41-6-1063


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