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Title: Method for tracking the location of mobile agents using stand-off detection technique

A method for tracking the movement and position of mobile agents using light detection and ranging (LIDAR) as a stand-off optical detection technique. The positions of the agents are tracked by analyzing the time-history of a series of optical measurements made over the field of view of the optical system. This provides a (time+3-D) or (time+2-D) mapping of the location of the mobile agents. Repeated pulses of a laser beam impinge on a mobile agent, such as a bee, and are backscattered from the agent into a LIDAR detection system. Alternatively, the incident laser pulses excite fluorescence or phosphorescence from the agent, which is detected using a LIDAR system. Analysis of the spatial location of signals from the agents produced by repeated pulses generates a multidimensional map of agent location.
Inventors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [3];  [2]
  1. Tijeras, NM
  2. Albuquerque, NM
  3. (Albuquerque, NM)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
907738
Assignee:
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM) SNL-A
Patent Number(s):
7,148,974
Application Number:
10/757,697
Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Research Org:
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
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