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Validation of atmospheric turbulence simulations of extended scenes
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Paper Abstract

Atmospheric turbulence causes blur, distortion and intensity fluctuations that can severely degrade image quality of electro-optic and thermal imaging systems. Realistic simulated imagery is needed to evaluate the effects of turbulence and provide input for the evaluation of mitigation and image processing algorithms, since turbulence-based data collections can be cost prohibitive and time consuming. In this work we validate an existing turbulence image simulator against a well-characterized dataset, including resolution targets. The robust dataset was collected through a diurnal cycle for a variety of ranges.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 June 2014
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9071, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXV, 907118 (9 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2054311
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Kevin R. Leonard, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Richard L. Espinola, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9071:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXV
Gerald C. Holst; Keith A. Krapels; Gary H. Ballard; James A. Buford; R. Lee Murrer, Editor(s)

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