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Airborne UV photon-counting radiometer
Author(s): Marc C. Bauer; George Wilcher; Calvin R. Banks; Ronald L. Wood
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Paper Abstract

The radiometric measurements group at the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) has developed new solar-blind radiometers for the SENSOR TALON flight test. These radiometers will be flown in an instrument pod by the 46th Test Wing at Eglin AFB. The radiometers are required to fit into a single quadrant of a 22-in.-diam sphere turret of the instrument pod. Because of minimal space requirements and photon-counting sensitivity needs, the radiometric measurements group used image intensifiers instead of the standard photomultiplier tubes (PMTs). The new design concept improved the photon-counting sensitivity, dynamic range, and uniformity of the field of view as compared to standard PMTs. A custom data acquisition system was required to miniaturize the electronics and generate a pulse code-modulated (PCM) data stream to the standard tape recording system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 2000
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4128, Image Intensifiers and Applications II, (3 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405873
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Marc C. Bauer, Sverdrup Technology, Inc. (United States)
George Wilcher, Sverdrup Technology, Inc. (United States)
Calvin R. Banks, Sverdrup Technology, Inc. (United States)
Ronald L. Wood, Sverdrup Technology, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4128:
Image Intensifiers and Applications II
C. Bruce Johnson, Editor(s)

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