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Free-space loss model of Lambertian reflection for guided-mode lidar

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posted on 2024-02-10, 17:00 authored by Quentin Baudenon, Ben Hopkins, Cibby Pulikkaseril
The growing use of photonic integrated circuits in lidar sensors has made the speckle and phase distribution of the reflected optical power relevant for coupling into the guided-modes of these systems. Current models for lidar coupling into photodetectors do not account for such effects, so here we derive an alternate model that does handle the free-space loss in lidar sensors with guided-mode receivers. This model is both presented and experimentally-validated for the idealized situation of Lambertian scattering from targets at normal incidence, for which we observe a close agreement between the loss predictions of the model with experiment.

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