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Evaluation of essential design criteria for IRST systems
Author(s): Anton Kohnle; Ruland Neuwirth; Wolfgang Schuberth; Karin Stein; Dieter H. Hoehn; Richard Gabler; Lothar Hofmann; Wilfried Euing
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Paper Abstract

Design criteria for IRST systems are investigated based on calibrated imagery of sea backgrounds under different weather conditions with and without fixed and moving point targets. Image sequences are taken using the GEC DUWIR camera (3 - 5 and 8 - 12 micrometers ) equipped with a 2 degree(s) field-of-view (FOV) telescope. Image sequences of backgrounds are analyzed with respect to their inherent `point structure content' for complexity classification using a specific multi window operator. The behavior of the fixed point targets with respect to apparent spatial and temporal intensity variations in the imagery is separated into atmospheric and sensor systems effects. The original imagery [image sequence: 25 Hz, instantaneous field-of-view (IFOV): 0.08 mrad] is used with reduced spatial and temporal resolution to test point detection and tracking algorithms for realistic IRST sensor layouts. Various optical and signal processing configurations were explored and merits of each are discussed in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1993
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 2020, Infrared Technology XIX, (1 November 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.160530
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Anton Kohnle, FGAN Forschungsinstitut fuer Optik (Germany)
Ruland Neuwirth, FGAN Forschungsinstitut fuer Optik (Germany)
Wolfgang Schuberth, FGAN Forschungsinstitut fuer Optik (Germany)
Karin Stein, FGAN Forschungsinstitut fuer Optik (Germany)
Dieter H. Hoehn, FGAN Forschungsinstitut fuer Optik (Germany)
Richard Gabler, FGAN Forschungsinstitut fuer Informationsverarbeitung und Musterkennung (Germany)
Lothar Hofmann, FGAN Forschungsinstitut fuer Informationsverarbeitung und Musterkennung (Germany)
Wilfried Euing, Bundesamt fuer Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2020:
Infrared Technology XIX
Bjorn F. Andresen; Freeman D. Shepherd, Editor(s)

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