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Chemical imaging system: current status and challenges
Author(s): Agustin I. Ifarraguerri; James O. Jensen
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Paper Abstract

The Chemical Imaging System (CIS) is a small, high-speed long-wave infrared (8-12 micrometers ) imaging spectrometer which is currently under development by the United States Army. The fielded system will operate at 360 scans per second with a large format focal-plane-array. The CIS, which is currently at the exploratory development stage, is scheduled for transition to engineering development in 2005. Currently, the CIS uses the TurboFT FTS in conjunction with a 16-pixel direct-wired HgCdTe detector array. The TurboFT spectrometer provides high-speed operation in a small, lightweight package. In parallel to the hardware development, an algorithm and software development effort is underway to address some unique features of the CIS. The TurboFT-based system requires a non-uniform sampling Fourier transform algorithm in order to preserve signal fidelity. Also, the availability of multiple pixels can be exploited in order to improve the interference suppression capabilities of the system by allowing the detection and identification algorithm to adapt its parameters to the changing background. Due to the enormous amount of data generated, the signal processing must proceed at very high rate. High-speed computers operating with a parallel architecture are required to process the data in real time. This paper describes the current CIS bread box system. It includes some field measurement results followed by a discussion of the issues and challenges associated with meeting the design goals set for the program.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 2001
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4381, Algorithms for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery VII, (20 August 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.437002
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Agustin I. Ifarraguerri, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Ctr. (United States)
James O. Jensen, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4381:
Algorithms for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery VII
Sylvia S. Shen; Michael R. Descour, Editor(s)

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