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Night illumination in the visible, NIR, and SWIR spectral bands
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a spectral night illumination model. The model provides spectral irradiance on a horizontal surface for wavelengths between 0.4 and 2.0 microns. These wavelengths encompass the visible, near infrared, and short wave infrared spectral bands. The primary significance of this model is that consistent estimates of spectral irradiance are now provided for the visible through SWIR spectral bands. The primary sources of night illumination are described. The paper also describes how the new model was derived from spectroscopic data gathered by astronomers. Model predictions are compared to standard references commonly used to predict night illuminations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 August 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5076, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XIV, (22 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.487189
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Richard H. Vollmerhausen, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Tana Maurer, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5076:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XIV
Gerald C. Holst, Editor(s)

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