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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 32 — Nov. 10, 2009
  • pp: 6241–6251

Long-range time-of-flight scanning sensor based on high-speed time-correlated single-photon counting

Aongus McCarthy, Robert J. Collins, Nils J. Krichel, Verónica Fernández, Andrew M. Wallace, and Gerald S. Buller  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 32, pp. 6241-6251 (2009)

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We describe a scanning time-of-flight system which uses the time-correlated single-photon counting technique to produce three-dimensional depth images of distant, noncooperative surfaces when these targets are illuminated by a kHz to MHz repetition rate pulsed laser source. The data for the scene are acquired using a scanning optical system and an individual single-photon detector. Depth images have been successfully acquired with centimeter x y z resolution, in daylight conditions, for low-signature targets in field trials at distances of up to 325 m using an output illumination with an average optical power of less than 50 μW .

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.3780) Detectors : Low light level
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation
(150.6910) Machine vision : Three-dimensional sensing
(280.3400) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser range finder

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

Original Manuscript: July 7, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 11, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 12, 2009
Published: November 4, 2009

Aongus McCarthy, Robert J. Collins, Nils J. Krichel, Verónica Fernández, Andrew M. Wallace, and Gerald S. Buller, "Long-range time-of-flight scanning sensor based on high-speed time-correlated single-photon counting," Appl. Opt. 48, 6241-6251 (2009)

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