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Novel approach to characterize and compare the performance of night vision systems in representative illumination conditions
Author(s): Nathalie Roy; Alexandre Vallières; Daniel St-Germain; Simon Potvin; Michel Dupuis; Jean-Claude Bouchard; André Villemaire; Martin Bérubé; Mélanie Breton; Guillaume Gagné
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Paper Abstract

A novel approach is used to characterize and compare the performance of night vision systems in conditions more representative of night operation in terms of spectral content. Its main advantage compared to standard testing methodologies is that it provides a fast and efficient way for untrained observers to compare night vision system performances with realistic illumination spectra. The testing methodology relies on a custom tumbling-E target and on a new LED-based illumination source that better emulates night sky spectral irradiances from deep overcast starlight to quarter-moon conditions. In this paper, we describe the setup and we demonstrate that the novel approach can be an efficient method to characterize among others night vision goggles (NVG) performances with a small error on the photogenerated electrons compared to the STANAG 4351 procedure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2016
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9820, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXVII, 98200V (3 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2224519
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Nathalie Roy, Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier (Canada)
Alexandre Vallières, NovaSyst (Canada)
Daniel St-Germain, Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier (Canada)
Simon Potvin, NovaSyst (Canada)
Michel Dupuis, Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier (Canada)
Jean-Claude Bouchard, Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier (Canada)
André Villemaire, NovaSyst (Canada)
Martin Bérubé, Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier (Canada)
Mélanie Breton, AEREX Avionique (Canada)
Guillaume Gagné, AEREX Avionique (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9820:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXVII
Gerald C. Holst; Keith A. Krapels, Editor(s)

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