Rapid , Globally Contiguous , High Resolution , 3 D Topographic Mapping of Planetary Moons Using a Scanning Photon-counting Lidar

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Introduction: Photon-counting lidar altimeters and imagers are the most efficient possible since each range measurement requires only one detected photon as opposed to hundreds or thousands in conventional laser pulse time of flight (TOF) altimeters. The GLAS altimeter on ICESat-I, for example, has a minimum detectable signal corresponding to roughly 100… (More)

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