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Sensing and reconstruction of arbitrary light-in-flight paths by a relativistic imaging approach
Author(s): Martin Laurenzis; Jonathan Klein; Emmanuel Bacher; Nicolas Metzger; Frank Christnacher
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Paper Abstract

Transient light imaging is an emerging technology and interesting sensing approach for fundamental multidisciplinary research ranging from computer science to remote sensing. Recent developments in sensor technologies and computational imaging has made this emerging sensing approach a candidate for next generation sensor systems with rapidly increasing maturity but still relay on laboratory technology demonstrations. At ISL, transient light sensing is investigated by time correlated single photon counting (TCSPC). An eye-safe shortwave infrared (SWIR) TCSPC setup, consisting of an avalanche photodiode array and a pulsed fiber laser source, is used to investigate sparsely scattered light while propagating through air. Fundamental investigation of light in light are carried out with the aim to reconstruct the propagation path of arbitrary light paths. Light pulses are observed in light at various propagation angles and distances. As demonstrated, arbitrary light paths can be distinguished due to a relativistic effect leading to a distortion of temporal signatures. A novel method analyzing the time difference of arrival (TDOA) is carried out to determine the propagation angle and distance with respect to this relativistic effect. Based on our results, the performance of future laser warning receivers can be improved by the use of single photon counting imaging devices. They can detect laser light even when the laser does not directly hit the sensor or is passing at a certain distance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 October 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9988, Electro-Optical Remote Sensing X, 998804 (21 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2240753
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Martin Laurenzis, Institut Franco-Allemand de Recherches de Saint-Louis (France)
Jonathan Klein, Institut Franco-Allemand de Recherches de Saint-Louis (France)
Univ. Bonn (Germany)
Emmanuel Bacher, Institut Franco-Allemand de Recherches de Saint-Louis (France)
Nicolas Metzger, Institut Franco-Allemand de Recherches de Saint-Louis (France)
Frank Christnacher, Institut Franco-Allemand de Recherches de Saint-Louis (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9988:
Electro-Optical Remote Sensing X
Gary Kamerman; Ove Steinvall, Editor(s)

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