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LIDAR Timing & Synchronicity

The complexity of LIDAR systems has grown with each specific application.


LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is an optical remote sensing technology that measures properties of scattered light to find range or other information of a distant target. The prevalent method to determine distance to an object or surface is to use laser pulses. Like the similar radar technology, which uses radio waves, the range to an object is determined by measuring the time delay between transmission of a pulse and detection of the reflected signal. LIDAR technology has application in geomatics, archaeology, geography, geology, geomorphology, seismology, forestry, remote sensing and atmospheric physics. Applications of LIDAR include ALSM (Airborne Laser Swath Mapping), laser altimetry or LIDAR Contour Mapping. The acronym LIDAR (Laser Detection and Ranging) is often used in military contexts. The term laser radar is also in use but is misleading because it uses laser light and not the radiowaves that are the basis of conventional radar.

Timing in LIDAR Applications

Timing is a variable in every LIDAR application and proper synchronization between the laser, light collection, and detector can greatly enhance the efficacy of a system and analysis results. Our family of synchronizers offers the flexibility in both cost and performance to meet the requirements of any LIDAR experiment.

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