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Achieving high-temperature measurement accuracy over a wide ambient-temperature range in thermal imaging radiometers
Author(s): Robert J. Herring
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Paper Abstract

This paper reviews the accuracy requirements ofthermal imaging radiometers, for various wavelengths and optical configurations, that must be maintained over the specified ambient temperature range for the instrument. The paper focuses on the Inframetrics 700 Series Radiometers, and briefly reviews the scanner architecture and video signal processing electronics to provide a background for the problem presented. Subsystem component parametric variations, affected by fluctuations in ambient temperature, are enumerated. These variations directly affect the temperature measurement accuracy ofthe system. To exceed the temperature measurement accuracy specification for the instrument, and achieve the highest measurement accuracy possible, Inframetrics individually calibrates each radiometer over the specffied ambient temperature range. This paper describes the Ambient Temperature Calibration (ATC) process. Data collection and test methods used to develop this process are outlined. Initial and ongoing process validation methodology is discussed. Product quality and reliability benefits as a byproduct of this process are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 1992
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1689, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing III, (16 September 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.137980
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Robert J. Herring, Inframetrics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1689:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing III
Gerald C. Holst, Editor(s)

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