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Review of the technology and research in the area of infrared signatures of targets and backgrounds
Author(s): Pieter A.M. Jacobs
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Paper Abstract

After some 30 years of research, infrared (IR) technology has evolved to a full valued science, caused by the development of new detector materials in particular and by low noise micro electronics in general. Initially requirements for research were mainly defined by scientific organisations and the Military. After a short general introduction to the subject, attention will be given to the characterisation of IR signatures along the lines of model development, to the definition of involved parameters and measurement methodology. After this overview, the topic of 'thermal variation in a natural land background' , which has a growing interest at the moment , will be treated. Especially, time will be devoted to discuss techniques to characterise the thermal behaviour of natural background elements by means of statistical evaluations of point radiometer data, collected over a long measurement period. Next to the point measurements attention will be given to the radiance variation (thermal clutter) in an image, i.e. the (time varying) distribution of IR sources irj position and time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1990
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 1311, Characterization, Propagation, and Simulation of Infrared Scenes, (1 September 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.21823
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Pieter A.M. Jacobs, TNO Physics and Electronics Lab (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1311:
Characterization, Propagation, and Simulation of Infrared Scenes
Milton J. Triplett; Wendell R. Watkins; Ferdinand H. Zegel, Editor(s)

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