Position-Sensitive Detector Applications Based on Active Illumination of a Cooperative Target

  • Anssi J. Mäkynen
  • Juha T. Kostamovaara
  • Risto A. Myllylä
Part of the Microprocessor-Based and Intelligent Systems Engineering book series (ISCA, volume 9)


Position-sensitive detector applications based on active illumination of a cooperative target are proposed. The sensors include an optical transmitter, a cooperative target and an optical receiver. The transmitter illuminates the target and the reflected light is focused on a position-sensitive detector by the receiver optics. The proposed applications include sensors for electronic navigation, 3D shape measurement and shooting simulation and alignment measurement. A method for target-background contrast enhancement is also presented, based on polarization filtering using infra-red polarizers in front of the optics and a quarter wave plate in front of the reflector. The method improves contrast with both diffuse and specular backgrounds, and reduces the background related errors.


Quarter Wave Plate Laser Tracking Receiver Optic Laser Rangefinder Alignment Measurement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anssi J. Mäkynen
    • 1
  • Juha T. Kostamovaara
    • 1
  • Risto A. Myllylä
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OuluElectronics laboratory LinnanmaaOuluFinland
  2. 2.Technical Research Centre of FinlandElectronics LaboratoryOuluFinland

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