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Prediction of cryogenic temperature impact on the performance of space-borne IR sensors
Author(s): Xiaojian Xu; Xiaowei Shi
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Paper Abstract

The sensitivity of a sensor system and its optical aperture size are two key parameters commonly used to characterize the performance of a remote sensing or space-borne surveillance system. In this work, a sensitivity model for space-borne staring IR sensor systems which are mainly used for point-source detection and identification is developed. Different noise components, including the photon noise from background radiation and near-field thermal radiation of optics, the electronic noise of sensors, as well as the nonuniformity noise of an infrared focal plane array (FPA), are considered. Based on the published parameters of the Multispectral Thermal Imager (MTI) electro-optic sensor system, the feasibility and validity of the model are demonstrated, with emphasis on the prediction of the cryogenic temperature impact on the sensor sensitivity and the optical aperture size requirement in a space-borne multispectral infrared (IR) system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 September 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6678, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XV, 66781S (26 September 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.735107
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Xiaojian Xu, BeiHang Univ. (China)
Xiaowei Shi, BeiHang Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6678:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XV
Marija Strojnik-Scholl, Editor(s)

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