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OPAs with Solid-State Beam Steering Can Reduce the Cost and Size of LiDAR Systems & Improve Performance; Results Reported at Photonics West 2021
The development of a high-performance OPA would pave the way to inexpensive LiDAR systems for autonomous vehicles, holographic displays, biomedical imaging and many other applications," said Sylvain Guerber, the lead author of the paper. But widespread adoption of LiDAR will hinge on lower system costs and smaller form factors.
There are still a lot of challenges, especially at the system level," he explained. "A LiDAR is composed of many elements: a laser, an electronic driver, an OPA steering system, a detector and data-treatment capability. All of them must work together; the OPA is only a part of the system.
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