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Analysis of high-frequency thermal phenomena with a commercial imaging radiometer
Author(s): Steven M. Shepard; David T. Sass
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Paper Abstract

We have developed a system which allows repetitive thermal events at frequencies as high as 2 kHz to be imaged without aliasing. A prototype unit, consisting of an unmodified scanning imaging radiometer (Inframetrics IR-600) , a PC-AT compatible microcomputer, and specially developed interface hardware and software, has been built and tested. The system functions as a video lock-in amplifier in that temperature components of the scene which vary at a preselected frequency are amplified, while other frequency components of the target temperature average out over time. Several applications of the system are discussed, including applications to engine research, nondestructive evaluation of materials, and feature extraction in high clutter environments. The tradeoffs between temporal resolution, spatial resolution, and image acquisition time are also examined.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1990
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 1313, Thermosense XII: An International Conference on Thermal Sensing and Imaging Diagnostic Applications, (1 March 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.21951
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Steven M. Shepard, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command (United States)
David T. Sass, U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Command (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1313:
Thermosense XII: An International Conference on Thermal Sensing and Imaging Diagnostic Applications
Sharon A. Semanovich, Editor(s)

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