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Title: Method to determine and adjust the alignment of the transmitter and receiver fields of view of a LIDAR system

Abstract

A method to determine the alignment of the transmitter and receiver fields of view of a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) system. This method can be employed to determine the far-field intensity distribution of the transmitter beam, as well as the variations in transmitted laser beam pointing as a function of time, temperature, or other environmental variables that may affect the co-alignment of the LIDAR system components. In order to achieve proper alignment of the transmitter and receiver optical systems when a LIDAR system is being used in the field, this method employs a laser-beam-position-sensing detector as an integral part of the receiver optics of the LIDAR system.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4]
  1. Tijeras, NM
  2. Albuquerque, NM
  3. Cedar Crest, NM
  4. (Albuquerque, NM)
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
908391
Patent Number(s):
7064817
Assignee:
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
G - PHYSICS G01 - MEASURING G01S - RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Schmitt, Randal L, Henson, Tammy D, Krumel, Leslie J, and Hargis, Jr., Philip J.. Method to determine and adjust the alignment of the transmitter and receiver fields of view of a LIDAR system. United States: N. p., 2006. Web.
Schmitt, Randal L, Henson, Tammy D, Krumel, Leslie J, & Hargis, Jr., Philip J.. Method to determine and adjust the alignment of the transmitter and receiver fields of view of a LIDAR system. United States.
Schmitt, Randal L, Henson, Tammy D, Krumel, Leslie J, and Hargis, Jr., Philip J.. Tue . "Method to determine and adjust the alignment of the transmitter and receiver fields of view of a LIDAR system". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/908391.
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abstractNote = {A method to determine the alignment of the transmitter and receiver fields of view of a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) system. This method can be employed to determine the far-field intensity distribution of the transmitter beam, as well as the variations in transmitted laser beam pointing as a function of time, temperature, or other environmental variables that may affect the co-alignment of the LIDAR system components. In order to achieve proper alignment of the transmitter and receiver optical systems when a LIDAR system is being used in the field, this method employs a laser-beam-position-sensing detector as an integral part of the receiver optics of the LIDAR system.},
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journal = {},
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place = {United States},
year = {2006},
month = {6}
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