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Psychophysical measurement of night vision goggle noise using a binocular display
Author(s): George A. Reis; Peter L. Marasco; Paul R. Havig; Eric L. Heft
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Paper Abstract

Users of night vision goggles (NVGs) have reported differences in perceived noise across various NVGs. To understand these differences, we need to measure NVG noise in a psychophysical context. In the precursory study, subjects attempted to characterize NVG noise by examining choices across different parameters of filtered white noise generated on a computer monitor. Subjects adjusted parameters of the filtered noise to match the noise for each combination of two goggles and two luminance levels. Significant differences were found between luminance levels, NVG type, and parameter relationships. Concerns from the previous experiment have yielded this study to better understand if this characterization process has merit. In the previous study, the parameter sequence was constant across trials. We increased the number of trials and subjects, and we included an accounting for parameter sequence. In addition, we used a modified Wheatstone stereoscope to simulate NVG tube independence. We discuss our results in terms of luminance levels, parameter sequence, subject variability, and relationships between parameters.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5442, Helmet- and Head-Mounted Displays IX: Technologies and Applications, (8 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.541522
Show Author Affiliations
George A. Reis, Northrop Grumman Information Technology (United States)
Peter L. Marasco, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Paul R. Havig, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Eric L. Heft, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5442:
Helmet- and Head-Mounted Displays IX: Technologies and Applications
Clarence E. Rash; Colin E. Reese, Editor(s)

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