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Combined coherent and incoherent imaging LADAR

A long range eye-safe laser radar (LADAR) system for use in an environment where real-time non-cooperative identification of an object is required. In particular, a laser beam is aimed at an object, the laser energy reflected from the object is collected by a detector array for use in generating a composite of both a high resolution 3-Dimensional (3D) shape of the object and the object's high resolution micro-Doppler vibration spectrum, a characteristic of the object as unique as a fingerprint. The composite is then used to automatically identify the object by comparison to a database of similar composite sets of 3D shape and vibration spectrum information with the results of the identification conveyed to the user.
Inventors: 

Robert T. Hintz, Rudolf G. Buser

Patent Number: 
US7312855
Patent Issue Date: 
January 25, 2008
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