A Hardware Platform for Characterizing and Validating 1-Dimensional Optical Systems

Report No. ARL-TR-7089
Authors: Thomas Kottke
Date/Pages: September 2014; 48 pages
Abstract: This report presents an optical hardware platform that is applicable to sensor systems utilizing a 1-dimensional (1-D) linear array. A basic goal in creating this apparatus is to provide a system that can simultaneously acquire, record, and analyze optical linear array data. The details of, and interactions between, the major hardware components, including the optical linear array, memory device, and microcontroller, are presented in detail along with ancillary subsystems that support and enhance the functionality of this apparatus. Specifics concerning the design and fabrication of the hardware prototype are highlighted. The operation of the optical linear array hardware platform is explained in detail, including data acquisition, reformatting, analysis, monitoring, display, short-term onboard storage, and off-platform downloading. Finally, a simple demonstration of the apparatus functionality is presented.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: September 1, 2014