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High-frame-rate infrared and visible cameras for test range instrumentation
Author(s): Joseph G. Ambrose; B. King; John R. Tower; Gary W. Hughes; Peter A. Levine; Thomas S. Villani; Benjamin J. Esposito; Timothy J. Davis; K. O'Mara; W. Sjursen; Nathaniel J. McCaffrey; Francis P. Pantuso
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Paper Abstract

Field deployable, high frame rate camera systems have been developed to support the test and evaluation activities at the White Sands Missile Range. The infrared cameras employ a 640 by 480 format PtSi focal plane array (FPA). The visible cameras employ a 1024 by 1024 format backside illuminated CCD. The monolithic, MOS architecture of the PtSi FPA supports commandable frame rate, frame size, and integration time. The infrared cameras provide 3 - 5 micron thermal imaging in selectable modes from 30 Hz frame rate, 640 by 480 frame size, 33 ms integration time to 300 Hz frame rate, 133 by 142 frame size, 1 ms integration time. The infrared cameras employ a 500 mm, f/1.7 lens. Video outputs are 12-bit digital video and RS170 analog video with histogram-based contrast enhancement. The 1024 by 1024 format CCD has a 32-port, split-frame transfer architecture. The visible cameras exploit this architecture to provide selectable modes from 30 Hz frame rate, 1024 by 1024 frame size, 32 ms integration time to 300 Hz frame rate, 1024 by 1024 frame size (with 2:1 vertical binning), 0.5 ms integration time. The visible cameras employ a 500 mm, f/4 lens, with integration time controlled by an electro-optical shutter. Video outputs are RS170 analog video (512 by 480 pixels), and 12-bit digital video.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 1995
PDF: 20 pages
Proc. SPIE 2552, Infrared Technology XXI, (8 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.218236
Show Author Affiliations
Joseph G. Ambrose, U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range (United States)
B. King, U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range (United States)
John R. Tower, David Sarnoff Research Ctr. (United States)
Gary W. Hughes, David Sarnoff Research Ctr. (United States)
Peter A. Levine, David Sarnoff Research Ctr. (United States)
Thomas S. Villani, David Sarnoff Research Ctr. (United States)
Benjamin J. Esposito, David Sarnoff Research Ctr. (United States)
Timothy J. Davis, David Sarnoff Research Ctr. (United States)
K. O'Mara, David Sarnoff Research Ctr. (United States)
W. Sjursen, David Sarnoff Research Ctr. (United States)
Nathaniel J. McCaffrey, David Sarnoff Research Ctr. (United States)
Francis P. Pantuso, David Sarnoff Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2552:
Infrared Technology XXI
Bjorn F. Andresen; Marija Strojnik, Editor(s)

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