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Demonstration of KHILS two-color IR projection capability
Author(s): Lawrence E. Jones; Jason S. Coker; Dennis L. Garbo; Eric M. Olson; Robert Lee Murrer; Thomas P. Bergin; George C. Goldsmith; Dennis R. Crow; Andrew W. Guertin; Michael Dougherty; Thomas M. Marler; Virgil G. Timms
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Paper Abstract

For more than a decade, there has been considerable discussion about using different IR bands for the detection of low contrast military targets. Theory predicts that a target can have little to no contrast against the background in one IR band while having a discernible signature in another IR band. A significant amount of effort has been invested towards establishing hardware that is capable of simultaneously imaging in two IR bands to take advantage of this phenomenon. Focal plane arrays (FPA) are starting to materialize with this simultaneous two-color imaging capability. The Kinetic Kill Vehicle Hardware-in-the-loop Simulator (KHILS) team of the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Guided Weapons Evaluation Facility (GWEF), both at Eglin AFB, FL, have spent the last 10 years developing the ability to project dynamic IR scenes to imaging IR seekers. Through the Wideband Infrared Scene Projector (WISP) program, the capability to project two simultaneous IR scenes to a dual color seeker has been established at KHILS. WISP utilizes resistor arrays to produce the IR energy. Resistor arrays are not ideal blackbodies. The projection of two IR colors with resistor arrays, therefore, requires two optically coupled arrays. This paper documents the first demonstration of two-color simultaneous projection at KHILS. Agema cameras were used for the measurements. The Agema's HgCdTe detector has responsivity from 4 to 14 microns. A blackbody and two IR filters (MWIR equals 4.2 t 7.4 microns, LWIR equals 7.7 to 13 microns) were used to calibrate the Agema in two bands. Each filter was placed in front of the blackbody one at a time, and the temperature of the blackbody was stepped up in incremental amounts. The output counts from the Agema were recorded at each temperature. This calibration process established the radiance to Agema output count curves for the two bands. The WISP optical system utilizes a dichroic beam combiner to optically couple the two resistor arrays. The transmission path of the beam combiner provided the LWIR (6.75 to 12 microns), while the reflective path produced the MWIR (3 to 6.5 microns). Each resistor array was individually projected into the Agema through the beam combiner at incremental output levels. Once again the Agema's output counts were recorded at each resistor array output level. These projections established the resistor array output to Agema count curves for the MWIR and LWIR resistor arrays. Using the radiance to Agema counts curves, the MWIR and LWIR resistor array output to radiance curves were established. With the calibration curves established, a two-color movie was projected and compared to the generated movie radiance values. By taking care to correctly account for the spectral qualities of the Agema camera, the calibration filters, and the diachroic beam combiner, the projections matched the theoretical calculations. In the near future, a Lockheed- Martin Multiple Quantum Well camera with true two-color IR capability will be tested.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 July 1998
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 3368, Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing III, (13 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.316367
Show Author Affiliations
Lawrence E. Jones, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Jason S. Coker, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Dennis L. Garbo, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Eric M. Olson, Science Applications International Corp. (United States)
Robert Lee Murrer, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Thomas P. Bergin, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
George C. Goldsmith, Air Force Research Lab./Guided Weapons Evaluation Directorate (United States)
Dennis R. Crow, Kinetics, Inc. (United States)
Andrew W. Guertin, Tracor Services Corp./Guided Weapons Evaluation Facility (United States)
Michael Dougherty, Computer Science and Applications, Inc. (United States)
Thomas M. Marler, Computer Science and Applications, Inc. (United States)
Virgil G. Timms, Computer Science and Applications, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3368:
Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing III
Robert Lee Murrer, Editor(s)

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