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Quantum-Noise-Limited Signal Processors For Infrared Surveillance
Author(s): Richard A. Steinberg
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Paper Abstract

Every improvement in infrared detector sensitivity afforded by modern technology amplifies apparent background "clutter," and complicates the task of designing target/background discrimination algorithms for autonomous surveillance systems. To the extent that background clutter rather than detector sensitivity limits over-all performance, the sensitivity inherent in the detector is not being fully exploited. In this paper we design adaptive threshold point target detectors that operate in the background-shot-noise-limited regime against structured backgrounds.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1981
PDF: 10 pages
Opt. Eng. 20(5) 205726 doi: 10.1117/12.7972798
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 20, Issue 5
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Richard A. Steinberg, Naval Research Laboratory (United States)

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