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Hybrid Design of an Optical Detector for Terrestrial Laser Range Finding

Kufner, Michael and Kölbl, Josef and Lukas, Raphael and Dekorsy, Thomas (2021) Hybrid Design of an Optical Detector for Terrestrial Laser Range Finding. IEEE Sensors Journal. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. doi: 10.1109/JSEN.2021.3079577. ISSN 1530-437X.

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Official URL: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9429175


This paper presents the integration of an InGaAs avalanche photo diode (APD) with the first amplification stage, comprised of a low capacitance silicon N-channel dual-gate MOS-FET and associated passive components, in the APD case. This combined linear mode optical hybrid detector is used in the field of terrestrial laser range finding. In this case, a reduction of input capacitance by 0.7 pF and an improvement of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) at low background noise conditions by 32 percent when compared to the equivalent discrete detector was measured. When integrated in a laser range finding system at very strong daylight conditions an improvement in SNR by approximately 10 percent was achieved. Furthermore a significant improvement in immunity to electromagnetic interference (EMI) is shown. Finally, when used in an eye-safe mobile laser range finding system, ranging beyond 10 km with an accuracy of ±2 m on non-cooperative targets using this hybrid detector is demonstrated.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/143296/
Document Type:Article
Title:Hybrid Design of an Optical Detector for Terrestrial Laser Range Finding
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Kufner, MichaelDeggendorf Institute of Technologyhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6369-0374
Kölbl, JosefDeggendorf Institute of TechnologyUNSPECIFIED
Lukas, RaphaelDeggendorf Institute of Technologyhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2007-8943
Dekorsy, ThomasThomas.Dekorsy (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2257-2854
Date:12 May 2021
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE Sensors Journal
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1109/JSEN.2021.3079577
Publisher:IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Keywords:Detectors, Capacitance, Avalanche photodiodes, Measurement by laser beam, Signal to noise ratio, Noise measurement, Laser noise, Photodetectors, Distance Measurement, Hybrid Integrated Circuits
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - no assignment
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Technical Physics
Deposited By: Neuhaus, Jörg
Deposited On:28 Jul 2021 13:42
Last Modified:30 Jul 2021 10:01

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