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Performance evaluation of active sub-Terahertz systems in Degraded Visual Environments (DVE)
Author(s): Romain Ceolato; Bernard Tanguy; Christian Martin; Thierry Huet; Patrick Chervet; Gerard Durand; Nicolas Riviere; Laurent Hespel; Nina Diakonova; Dmitry But; Wojciech Knap; Jerome Meilhan; Baptiste Delplanque; Jonathan Oden; François Simoens
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Paper Abstract

This paper addresses the problem of critical operations in Degraded Visual Environment (DVE). DVE usually refer when the perception of a pilot is degraded by environmental factors, including the presence of obscurants from bad weather (e.g. fog, rain, snow) or accidental events (e.g. brownout, whiteout, smoke). Critical operations in DVE are a growing field of research as it is a cause of numerous fatal accidents for operational forces. Due to the lack of efficient sources and sensors in the Terahertz (THz) region, this domain has remained an unexplored part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Recently, the potential use of sub-Terahertz waves has been proposed to see through dense clouds of obscurants (e.g. sand, smoke) in DVE conditions. In order to conduct a performance evaluation of sub-Terahertz systems, several sub-terahertz systems (e.g. bolometer-array cameras, liquid helium cooled bolometers) were operated in artificial controlled DVE conditions at ONERA facilities. The purpose of this paper is to report field experiments results in controlled DVE conditions: attenuation measurements from 400 GHz to 700 GHz with a performance evaluation of different sub-Terahertz systems are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9839, Degraded Visual Environments: Enhanced, Synthetic, and External Vision Solutions 2016, 983906 (13 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2223939
Show Author Affiliations
Romain Ceolato, ONERA (France)
Bernard Tanguy, ONERA (France)
Christian Martin, ONERA (France)
Thierry Huet, ONERA (France)
Patrick Chervet, ONERA (France)
Gerard Durand, ONERA (France)
Nicolas Riviere, ONERA (France)
Laurent Hespel, ONERA (France)
Nina Diakonova, Lab. Charles Coulomb, Univ. Montpellier 2, CNRS (France)
Dmitry But, Lab. Charles Coulomb, Univ. Montpellier 2, CNRS (France)
Wojciech Knap, Lab. Charles Coulomb, Univ. Montpellier 2, CNRS (France)
Jerome Meilhan, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (France)
Baptiste Delplanque, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (France)
Jonathan Oden, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (France)
François Simoens, Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9839:
Degraded Visual Environments: Enhanced, Synthetic, and External Vision Solutions 2016
Jack Sanders-Reed; Jarvis J. Arthur, Editor(s)

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