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Performance evaluation of ideal low-light-level imaging system based on the MRC model
Author(s): Jing Sui; Wei-qi Jin; Jianyong Zhang; Yan Zhou
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Paper Abstract

The performance of direct viewing low light level (LLL) imaging system is mainly determined by three factors: photons noise, MTF of optical system(OS) and human eyes characteristic. And the image detecting theory which denotes the optimal performance of imaging system has been a positive impetus for the development of the LLL imaging and night vision technique. The system minimum resolvable angle was traditionally used to estimate the image detecting performance which is mainly determined by photons noise at low target illuminance and by MTF at high target illuminance. This criterion can represent the system performance on the whole; however, assuming the signal to noise ratio (SNR)of the image and MTF of OS uncorrelative, is theoretically not complete, since the two factors interrelate actually. From the viewpoint of signal response, the MRC (minimum resolvable contrast) model of the ideal direct viewing LLL imaging system was deduced on the basis of human eyes characteristic. It is a more comprehensive evaluation method for imaging system performance, and can combine with the forecasting model of operating distance to analyze the general performance of night vision system. In conclusion, the relationship and the difference between the MRC model and the traditional detecting equation were investigated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 February 2005
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5637, Electronic Imaging and Multimedia Technology IV, (8 February 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.572926
Show Author Affiliations
Jing Sui, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Wei-qi Jin, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Jianyong Zhang, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)
Yan Zhou, Beijing Institute of Technology (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5637:
Electronic Imaging and Multimedia Technology IV
Chung-Sheng Li; Minerva M. Yeung, Editor(s)

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