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What good is SWIR? Passive day comparison of VIS, NIR, and SWIR
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Paper Abstract

This paper is the first of three papers associated with the military benefits of SWIR imaging. This paper describes the benefits associated with passive daytime operations with comparisons of SWIR, NIR, and VIS bands and sensors. This paper includes quantitative findings from previously published papers, analysis of open source data, summaries of various expert analyses, and calculations of notional system performance. We did not accept anecdotal findings as acceptable benefits. Topics include haze and fog penetration, atmospheric transmission, cloud and smoke penetration, target and background contrasts, spectral discrimination, turbulence degradation, and long range target identification. The second and third papers will address passive night imaging and active night imaging.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 2013
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8706, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXIV, 87060L (10 June 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2016467
Show Author Affiliations
Ronald G. Driggers, U. S. Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Van Hodgkin, U.S. Army RDECOM CERDEC Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Richard Vollmerhausen, Univ. of Delaware (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8706:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXIV
Gerald C. Holst; Keith A. Krapels, Editor(s)

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