Build a Laser Radar: Design Principles, Technologies, and Applications
Date: TBD | Tuition: TBD | Continuing Education Units (CEUs): TBD
*This course has limited enrollment. Apply early to guarantee your spot.
Application Deadline »
In this one-week, project-based course, you will learn the fundamentals, operating principles, and applications of laser radar systems. You will also have the opportunity to use a ladar to perform experiments that demonstrate the basic operations for ranging, 3D imagery, and coherent sensing.
The course will consist of series of lectures that cover the theory and principles of laser radar, laser and sensor technologies, waveform engineering and signal processing, and state-of-the-art ladar applications.
Fundamentals: Core concepts, understandings, and tools (80%)
Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends (10%)
Industry Applications: Linking theory and real-world (10%)
Lecture: Delivery of material in a lecture format (50%)
Discussion or Groupwork: Participatory learning (10%)
Labs: Demonstrations, experiments, simulations (40%)
Introductory: Appropriate for a general audience (20%)
Specialized: Assumes experience in practice area or field (80%)
The participants of this course will be able to:
- Understand the principles of laser radar.
- Understand direct-detection ladar for ranging and 3D image formation.
- Understand coherent ladar for Doppler and phase-sensitive sensing.
- Understand waveform engineering and processing.
- Learn to operate a multi-function ladar system.
- Acquire range imagery for 3D reconstruction.
- Acquire Doppler velocimetry data and perform Angle-angle-range Doppler Imagery.
Who Should Attend
Please note a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in electrical engineering or physics is a requirement to take this course.
This course is intended for engineers and scientists who are interested in learning about capabilities of laser remote sensing for high-resolution 3D imagery, phase-sensitive detection, and spectroscopy; learning about how ladar systems work; planning to design and build ladar systems; building laser and sensor components; and operating ladar systems. The course is organized as a series of lectures, laboratory demonstrations, and hands-on experimentation.
Additionally, it is recommended that you meet the following criteria:
- Interest in remote sensing, electronics, lasers, electro-optics, optics, and signal processing
- Familiarity with Matlab
- Basic laboratory skills such as use of oscilloscopes, spectrum analyzers, and other test equipment
Course schedule and registration times
Class runs 9:00 am - 5:30 pm on Monday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Tuesday through Thursday, and 8:30 am - 4:00 pm on Friday.
Registration is on Monday morning from 8:15 - 8:45 am.
About the Lecturers
Professor Jeffrey Shapiro earned S.B., S.M., E.E., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1967, 1968, 1969, and 1970, respectively. From 1970-1973 he was on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University. Since then he has been on MIT faculty, where he is now the Julius A. Stratton Professor of Electrical Engineering. Professor Shapiro is best known for his work on the generation, detection, and application of squeezed-state light beams, but he has also published extensively in the areas of atmospheric optical propagation and
communication and coherent laser radar. Professor Shapiro is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Institute of Physics, and the Optical Society of America. In 2008 he received the Quantum Electronics Award from the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society and the Quantum Communication Award for Theoretical Research from Tamagawa University.
Dr. Kevin Holman received his B.S. degree in physics and mathematics from Purdue University in 2000. From 2000-2005, he was a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellow with the University of Colorado Boulder, where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Dr. Holman joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 2005, where he has primarily worked on the development of advanced coherent laser radar systems. In 2009 he was awarded the Best Paper Award at the Military Sensing Symposium on Active E-O Systems for his work on an ultra-high resolution imaging laser radar.
Dr. Jane Luu received her B.S. degree in physics from Stanford University in 1984 and Ph.D. in Planetary Astronomy from MIT in 1990. She was a professor of Astronomy at Harvard University (1994-1998) and Leiden University (the Netherlands, 1998-2001), where her area of research was comets and Kuiper Belt objects. Dr. Luu joined MIT Lincoln Laboratory in 2001, and has since worked on a variety of topics, including space science instrumentation, coherent laser radar systems, and speckle imaging.
This course takes place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
There are no updates at this time.