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Protection performance evaluation regarding imaging sensors hardened against laser dazzling
Author(s): Gunnar Ritt; Michael Körber; Daniel Forster; Bernd Eberle
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Paper Abstract

Electro-optical imaging sensors are widely distributed and used for many different tasks in military operations and civil security. However, their operational capability can be easily disturbed by laser radiation. The likeliness of such an incidence has dramatically increased in the past years due to the free availability of high-power laser pointers. These laser systems, offering laser powers of several watts, pose an increased risk to the human eye as well as to electro-optical sensors. An adequate protection of electro-optical sensors against dazzling is highly desirable. Such protection can be accomplished with different technologies; however, none of the existing technologies can provide a sufficient protection. All current protection measures possess individual advantages and disadvantages. We present the results on the performance of two different protection technologies. The evaluation is based on automatic optical pattern recognition of sensor images taken from a scene containing triangles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9249, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications XI, 924908 (13 October 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2067147
Show Author Affiliations
Gunnar Ritt, Fraunhofer-IOSB (Germany)
Michael Körber, Fraunhofer-Institut für Optronik, Systemtechnik und Bildauswertung (Germany)
Daniel Forster, Wehrtechnische Dienststelle für Waffen und Munition (Germany)
Bernd Eberle, Fraunhofer-IOSB (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9249:
Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications XI
David A. Huckridge; Reinhard Ebert, Editor(s)

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