Time Discriminating Design for High Precision Pulsed TOF Laser Rangefinder
The purpose of a time discriminator is to decide when the input is something you are interested in. It does this by putting out a logic pulse when the input signal meets an adjustable threshold value. A low cost high performance constant fraction discriminator (CFD) for laser rangefinder using pulsed TOF (time of flight) is proposed with the accuracy been improved. The theory of CFD is deduced and discussed and a distance measuring system has been established and experimental evidence is presented to show the feasibility of solving the time walking error problem to amend the precision and improving the environmental applicability, the distance error of +/-0.5mm was observed in the lab condition. The advantages of this instrument are highlighted and the experimental results are presented.
Paul P. Lin and Chunliang Zhang
D. Q. Shen et al., "Time Discriminating Design for High Precision Pulsed TOF Laser Rangefinder", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 105-107, pp. 1951-1956, 2012