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Evaluation of temporal stability and spatial uniformity of blackbody thermal reference sources
Author(s): Paul A. Bell; Stanley J. Pruchnic; Edward M. Lewis
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Paper Abstract

Blackbody thermal reference sources are critical test facility components used for the evaluation of thermal imager systems. Extended source blackbodies are used at the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) for testing and evaluation of new generations of thermal imagers. Wider field of view and more sensitive systems especially require knowledge of the accuracy, stability, and uniformity of the thermal reference sources used for their evaluation. This paper demonstrates measurement techniques used to evaluate extended source blackbodies and their controllers using a sensitive, stable, and uniform thermal imager, the Amber Radiance 1.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 May 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2470, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing VI, (22 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.210066
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Paul A. Bell, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Stanley J. Pruchnic, E-OIR Measurements, Inc. (United States)
Edward M. Lewis, E-OIR Measurements, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2470:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing VI
Gerald C. Holst, Editor(s)

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