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Predicting range performance of LRG imagers in the presence of natural illumination
Author(s): Tana Maurer; Richard H. Vollmerhausen
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Paper Abstract

Laser Range-Gated (LRG) imagers provide high contrast images of targets at extended ranges because the laser light scattered by the intervening atmosphere is gated out. Atmospheric backscatter of the laser light does not degrade the contrast of LRG imagery. Natural illumination helps range performance by increasing overall target illumination. However, natural illumination of the intervening path degrades target to background contrast, and this hurts range performance. This paper provides a model for predicting the influence of natural illumination on LRG performance.

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Date Published: 5 August 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5407, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XV, (5 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.542147
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Tana Maurer, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Richard H. Vollmerhausen, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5407:
Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XV
Gerald C. Holst, Editor(s)

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