3D target detection and spectral classification for single-photon LiDAR data

Mohamed Amir Alaa Belmekki, Jonathan Leach, Rachael Tobin, Gerald Stuart Buller, Stephen McLaughlin, Abderrahim Halimi

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3D single-photon LiDAR imaging has an important role in many applications. However, full deployment of this modality will require the analysis of low signal to noise ratio target returns and very high volume of data. This is particularly evident when imaging through obscurants or in high ambient background light conditions. This paper proposes a multiscale approach for 3D surface detection from the photon timing histogram to permit a significant reduction in data volume. The resulting surfaces are background-free and can be used to infer depth and reflectivity information about the target. We demonstrate this by proposing a hierarchical Bayesian model for 3D reconstruction and spectral classification of multispectral single-photon LiDAR data. The reconstruction method promotes spatial correlation between point-cloud estimates and uses a coordinate gradient descent algorithm for parameter estimation. Results on simulated and real data show the benefits of the proposed target detection and reconstruction approaches when compared to state-of-the-art processing algorithms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23729-23745
Number of pages17
JournalOptics Express
Issue number15
Early online date3 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2023


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