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Radiometric spectral and band rendering of targets using anisotropic BRDFs and measured backgrounds
Author(s): John W. Hilgers; Jeffrey A. Hoffman; William R. Reynolds; James C. Jafolla
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Paper Abstract

Achievement of ultra-high fidelity signature modeling of targets requires a significant level of complexity for all of the components required in the rendering process. Specifically, the reflectance of the surface must be described using the bi-directional distribution function (BRDF). In addition, the spatial representation of the background must be high fidelity. A methodology and corresponding model for spectral and band rendering of targets using both isotropic and anisotropic BRDFs is presented. In addition, a set of tools will be described for generating theoretical anisotropic BRDFs and for reducing data required for a description of an anisotropic BRDF by 5 orders of magnitude. This methodology is hybrid using a spectrally measured panoramic of the background mapped to a large hemisphere. Both radiosity and ray-tracing approaches are incorporated simultaneously for a robust solution. In the thermal domain the spectral emission is also included in the solution. Rendering examples using several BRDFs will be presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4029, Targets and Backgrounds VI: Characterization, Visualization, and the Detection Process, (24 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.392530
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John W. Hilgers, Signature Research, Inc. (United States)
Jeffrey A. Hoffman, Signature Research, Inc. (United States)
William R. Reynolds, Signature Research, Inc. (United States)
James C. Jafolla, Surface Optics Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4029:
Targets and Backgrounds VI: Characterization, Visualization, and the Detection Process
Wendell R. Watkins; Dieter Clement; William R. Reynolds, Editor(s)

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