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Calibration and Performance Evaluation for a Multiple Overlapping Field of View Serial Laser Imager

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2015
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The Combined Laser and Scan Sonar (CLASS) system is an extended range imaging system, incorporating both high-resolution laser images and high frequency sonar images. Both the laser and sonar images are collected simultaneously during testing to provide dual mode imagery of an underwater target, displaying both a 2D image of the target (laser image) and a 3D overlay of the target (sonar image). The laser component of the system is a Multiple Overlapping Field of view Serial Laser Imager (MOFSLI), capable of generating high-resolution sub-centimeter 2D images. MOFSLI generates the images by way of a near diffraction-limited 532 [nm] continuous wave (CW) laser beam being scanned over the target. Initial field tests resulted in high-quality images of the ocean floor, but also indicated the need for additional research on MOFSLI. In this thesis, we focus on the calibration of MOFSLI and on the evaluation of the image quality generated by this system, as a function of range, source power, receiver gain and water turbidity. This work was completed in the specialized underwater electrooptics testing facility located in the Ocean Visibility and Optics laboratory at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI). Laboratory testing revealed the operational limits of the system, which functioned well until just beyond five attenuation lengths, where it becomes contrast limited due attenuation of target signal and the collection of non-image bearing backscattered photons. Testing also revealed the optimal settings of the system at given environmental conditions.
Title: Calibration and Performance Evaluation for a Multiple Overlapping Field of View Serial Laser Imager.
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Name(s): Rasoletti, Nicholas, author
Beaujean, Pierre-Philippe, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2015
Date Issued: 2015
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 141 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The Combined Laser and Scan Sonar (CLASS) system is an extended range imaging system, incorporating both high-resolution laser images and high frequency sonar images. Both the laser and sonar images are collected simultaneously during testing to provide dual mode imagery of an underwater target, displaying both a 2D image of the target (laser image) and a 3D overlay of the target (sonar image). The laser component of the system is a Multiple Overlapping Field of view Serial Laser Imager (MOFSLI), capable of generating high-resolution sub-centimeter 2D images. MOFSLI generates the images by way of a near diffraction-limited 532 [nm] continuous wave (CW) laser beam being scanned over the target. Initial field tests resulted in high-quality images of the ocean floor, but also indicated the need for additional research on MOFSLI. In this thesis, we focus on the calibration of MOFSLI and on the evaluation of the image quality generated by this system, as a function of range, source power, receiver gain and water turbidity. This work was completed in the specialized underwater electrooptics testing facility located in the Ocean Visibility and Optics laboratory at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI). Laboratory testing revealed the operational limits of the system, which functioned well until just beyond five attenuation lengths, where it becomes contrast limited due attenuation of target signal and the collection of non-image bearing backscattered photons. Testing also revealed the optimal settings of the system at given environmental conditions.
Identifier: FA00004538 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2015.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Electrooptics
Inertial navigation systems
Lasers -- Measurement -- Evaluation
Light -- Scattering
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