Developments in low-cost laser detection: wide field of view implementation and direction determination

Zandi, Marie, Benton, David M., Sugden, Kate, Titterton, David H., Grasso, Robert J. and Richardson, Mark A. (2019). Developments in low-cost laser detection: wide field of view implementation and direction determination. Proceedings of SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 11161 ,

Abstract

The availability of low cost but relatively high power laser pointers (hundreds of mW) has led to misuse with potentially dangerous consequences, such as dazzling aircraft which has raised concerns about aircraft safety. A low cost laser detection system based on coherence detection has been developed and is able to detect weak, continuous laser sources even against bright background light. In this paper, we introduce the use of a cone mirror to extend the horizontal field of view of the detector (originally at 3°) to 360° to detect incoming beams from different directions. With the additional use of a camera in the system, we also determine the direction of the incoming laser beam. Finally, the sensitivity between the original system and the cone mirror system are compared: the new system showed promising results with a sensitivity below 100nW.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2532560
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Electrical, Electronic & Power Engineering
Engineering & Applied Sciences
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Aston Institute of Photonics Technology
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Mechanical Engineering & Design
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Published Date: 2019-10-07
Authors: Zandi, Marie
Benton, David M. ( 0000-0003-0663-1404)
Sugden, Kate ( 0000-0001-6323-1082)
Titterton, David H.
Grasso, Robert J.
Richardson, Mark A.

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