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Optical Engineering

Display of wide dynamic range infrared images from PtSi Schottky barrier cameras
Author(s): Jerry Silverman; Jonathan Martin Mooney; Virgil E. Vickers
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Paper Abstract

Twelve-bit digitized images taken with PtSi Schottky barrier detector arrays have been processed on Sun work stations. Two techniques for 8-bit global display are compared: the standard method of histogram equalization and a newly devised technique of histogram projection. The latter assigns equal dynamic range to each occupied level, while the former does so according to the density of the occupied levels. The projection technique generally gives distinctly superior results based on an extensive set of indoor, outdoor, day, and night imagery. For cases in which the two algorithms have complementary advantages, the techniques can be combined in effect by a weighting of their distribution functions, which often gives the desirable features of each. The new projection algorithm also can be used as a powerful and robust local contrast enhancement technique. An alternative method of contrast enhancement, a global algorithm based on modular (sawtooth) displays, affords a comparable degree of enhancement at less computational cost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1990
PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 29(2) doi: 10.1117/12.55576
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 29, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Jerry Silverman, U.S. Air Force (United States)
Jonathan Martin Mooney, Rome Lab. (United States)
Virgil E. Vickers, Rome Air Development Ctr. (United States)

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