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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 20 — Sep. 26, 2011
  • pp: 19323–19329

Smart three-dimensional imaging ladar using two Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes

Hong Jin Kong, Tae Hoon Kim, Sung Eun Jo, and Min Seok Oh  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 20, pp. 19323-19329 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.019323


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Abstract

In this paper, we propose a new method that is capable of obtaining a clear 3D image by the reduction of false alarms caused by noise in the stage of acquisition of raw time of flight (TOF) data. This method is implemented by intensity dividing a laser-return pulse into two Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes (GmAPDs); an AND gate compares the arrival time of the electrical signals from the GmAPDs. Despite the fact that the energy of a laser-return pulse is decreased by half, the false alarm probability is drastically decreased because the noise distributed randomly in the time domain is filtered out. The experimental measurement is in agreement with the theoretical analysis. As a result, we can obtain a clear 3D image despite the high noise.

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OCIS Codes
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.3640) Remote sensing and sensors : Lidar

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing

History
Original Manuscript: July 19, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 21, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 29, 2011
Published: September 20, 2011

Citation
Hong Jin Kong, Tae Hoon Kim, Sung Eun Jo, and Min Seok Oh, "Smart three-dimensional imaging ladar using two Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes," Opt. Express 19, 19323-19329 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-20-19323


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