A photon-counting time-of-flight ranging technique developed for the avoidance of range ambiguity at gigahertz clock rates

Philip A. Hiskett, Aongus McCarthy, Robert Lamb, Gerald S. Buller

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Abstract

This paper describes a rapid data acquisition photon-counting time-of-flight ranging technique that is designed for the avoidance of range ambiguity, an issue commonly found in high repetition frequency time-of-flight systems. The technique transmits a non-periodic pulse train based on the random bin filling of a high frequency time clock. A received pattern is formed from the arrival times of the returning single photons and the correlation between the transmitted and received patterns was used to identify the unique target time-of-flight. The paper describes experiments in free space at over several hundred meters range at clock frequencies of 1GHz. Unambiguous photon-counting range-finding is demonstrated with centimeter accuracy. © 2009 SPIE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Photon Counting Techniques III
Volume7320
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventSignal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition XVIII - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 13 Apr 200915 Apr 2009

Conference

ConferenceSignal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition XVIII
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period13/04/0915/04/09

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Keywords

  • Pattern recognition
  • Single photon avalanche diode
  • Single photon counting
  • Time-of-flight ranging

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Hiskett, PA, McCarthy, A, Lamb, R & Buller, GS 2009, A photon-counting time-of-flight ranging technique developed for the avoidance of range ambiguity at gigahertz clock rates. in Advanced Photon Counting Techniques III. vol. 7320, Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition XVIII, Orlando, FL, United States, 13/04/09. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.818455

A photon-counting time-of-flight ranging technique developed for the avoidance of range ambiguity at gigahertz clock rates. / Hiskett, Philip A.; McCarthy, Aongus; Lamb, Robert; Buller, Gerald S.

Advanced Photon Counting Techniques III. Vol. 7320 2009.

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