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Temperature estimation of a target tracked through atmospheric channel
Author(s): Jerzy Nowakowski; Richard Cooke
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Paper Abstract

A multispectral passive sensor may be used to measure the temperature of an object provided that the light emitted is described by a black (gray) body distribution, and atmospheric attenuation coefficients between receiver and target are known. With additional time evolution passive measurements, it is possible to estimate target temperature even when attenuation coefficients are not known. In this paper we establish limits on the accuracy of temperature estimation using selected statistical models and LOWTRAN VII generated atmospheric scenarios. The results presented and the methodology developed are of fundamental importance in determination of the limits of infrared sensing. The framework presented has applications in multispectral scene analysis, thermographic mapping, and remote sensing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 1992
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1687, Characterization, Propagation, and Simulation of Sources and Backgrounds II, (21 September 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.137835
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Jerzy Nowakowski, Riverside Research Institute (United States)
Richard Cooke, Riverside Research Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1687:
Characterization, Propagation, and Simulation of Sources and Backgrounds II
Dieter Clement; Wendell R. Watkins, Editor(s)

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