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Study of the effects of focal plane array design parameters on ATR performance
Author(s): Joan Kruthers; Tim Williams; Gary F. O'Brien; Kristina Le; James D. Howe
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Paper Abstract

Focal plane array (FPA) families for a new generation of Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) systems are currently being developed under the direction of the U.S. Army. The new FPA will have an impact on the performance of Automatic Target Recognizers (ATRs) which perform target detection and identification. Described in this paper are the results of an experiment designed to study the effects of various infrared FPA parameters on the image quality of a FLIR. The research was conducted using a computer simulation of a FLIR imaging sensor without the use of specific ATR algorithms. The study determined the amount of image degradation and information loss caused by specific FPA parameters. Among the parameters studied were detector size, detector geometry, noise, detector response nonuniformity, and array sampling effects, most of which were investigated at three different ranges.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 October 1993
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 1957, Architecture, Hardware, and Forward-Looking Infrared Issues in Automatic Target Recognition, (20 October 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.161448
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Joan Kruthers, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Tim Williams, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Gary F. O'Brien, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Kristina Le, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
James D. Howe, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1957:
Architecture, Hardware, and Forward-Looking Infrared Issues in Automatic Target Recognition
Lynn E. Garn; Lynda Ledford Graceffo, Editor(s)

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