A NEW APPROACH FOR ACCURACY IMPROVEMENT OF PULSED LIDAR REMOTE SENSING DATA
- 1Guangxi Key Laboratory of Spatial Information and Geomatics, Guilin University of Technology, No. 12 Jian’gan Road, Guilin, Guangxi 541004, China
- 2Department of Mechanical and Control Engineering, Guilin University of Technology, No. 12 Jian’gan Road, Guilin, Guangxi 541004, China
Keywords: Time interval measurement, Pulsed lidar, Data quality, Capacitor charge, Voltage curve, Remote sensing
Abstract. In remote sensing applications, the accuracy of time interval measurement is one of the most important parameters that affect the quality of pulsed lidar data. The traditional time interval measurement technique has the disadvantages of low measurement accuracy, complicated circuit structure and large error. A high-precision time interval data cannot be obtained in these traditional methods. In order to obtain higher quality of remote sensing cloud images based on the time interval measurement, a higher accuracy time interval measurement method is proposed. The method is based on charging the capacitance and sampling the change of capacitor voltage at the same time. Firstly, the approximate model of the capacitance voltage curve in the time of flight of pulse is fitted based on the sampled data. Then, the whole charging time is obtained with the fitting function. In this method, only a high-speed A/D sampler and capacitor are required in a single receiving channel, and the collected data is processed directly in the main control unit. The experimental results show that the proposed method can get error less than 3 ps. Compared with other methods, the proposed method improves the time interval accuracy by at least 20 %.