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Dual-band MWIR/LWIR radiometer for absolute temperature measurements
Author(s): George M. Williams; Archie Barter
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Paper Abstract

A Dual-band Radiometer (DBR) has been developed to accurately measure temperature at long ranges. Key to the DBR is a dual-band, quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal plane array (FPA) that integrates within each pixel both mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) and long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) spectral sensitivity. A vertically-integrated, two-color FPA eliminates with inter-band optical distortions, temperature-induced alignment errors, and improves radiometric measurement accuracy. The DBR system is sensitive to human targets, yet minimally sensitive to atmospheric conditions, enabling accuracy over the widest possible range of global conditions by using Two-color Imaging Radiometry (TCIR) to establish a target's absolute temperature within +/- 1°C. The benefits of TCIR for greybody measurements are absolute atmospheric transmission values are not required and uncorrelated shifts in the spectral band transmission cause minimal error. The system is packaged with an eye-safe laser rangefinder, GPS, and weather station suite, which provides real-time atmospheric measurements. These measurements are input to the USAF MOSART predictive atmospheric codes, which are used for real-time field calibration of the data. The magnification necessary to resolve facial features from 200 m to 750 m range requires a custom designed 6" diameter, f/7 telescope with temperature-stable optical alignment over a wide range of operational temperatures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 April 2006
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 6205, Thermosense XXVIII, 62050M (18 April 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.668666
Show Author Affiliations
George M. Williams, Voxtel, Inc. (United States)
Archie Barter, Voxtel, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6205:
Thermosense XXVIII
Jonathan J. Miles; G. Raymond Peacock; Kathryn M. Knettel, Editor(s)

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