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  • Vol. 44, Iss. 24 — Aug. 22, 2005
  • pp: 5140–5147

Detection probabilities for photon-counting avalanche photodiodes applied to a laser radar system

Markus Henriksson  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 24, pp. 5140-5147 (2005)

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Arrays of photon-counting avalanche photodiodes with time-resolved readout can improve the performance of three-dimensional laser radars. A comparison of the detection and false-alarm probabilities for detectors in linear mode and in Geiger mode is shown. With low background radiation their performance is comparable. It is shown that in both cases it will be necessary to process several laser shots of the same scene to improve detection and reduce the false-alarm rate. Additional calculations show that the linear mode detector is much better at detecting targets behind semitransparent obscurations such as vegetation and camouflage nets.

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OCIS Codes
(110.6880) Imaging systems : Three-dimensional image acquisition
(150.6910) Machine vision : Three-dimensional sensing
(280.3400) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser range finder

Original Manuscript: September 7, 2004
Revised Manuscript: December 16, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: January 5, 2005
Published: August 20, 2005

Markus Henriksson, "Detection probabilities for photon-counting avalanche photodiodes applied to a laser radar system," Appl. Opt. 44, 5140-5147 (2005)

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