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Development and analysis of a simple model for an IR sensor
Author(s): Edward A. Ballik; William H. Wan
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Paper Abstract

In the past, a substantial amount of engineering analyses were performed using standard office-style spreadsheets. However, advanced engineering and scientific software such as MathCAD are now available. This paper demonstrates the ease and simplicity of creating powerful workfiles using this software. As an example, a workfile is described which is used to perform basic IR sensor system analyses and development. Several system parameters are analyzed, including blackbody radiation for radiometry, diffraction-limited blur spot and MTF estimation, and arbitrary figure of merit (i.e., target-to-background signal contrast). The paper also discusses the application of the method to more complicated optical systems and analyses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1991
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1488, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing II, (1 September 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.29466
Show Author Affiliations
Edward A. Ballik, McMaster Univ. (Canada)
William H. Wan, McMaster Univ. (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1488:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing II
Gerald C. Holst, Editor(s)

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