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Towards generic military imaging adaptive optics
Author(s): Harbinder S. Rana
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Paper Abstract

It is well known that the quality of imagery captured by electro-optic cameras is degraded by atmospheric turbulence. This is especially true for horizontal path surveillance in challenging military environments (i.e. within 3m of the ground) where atmospheric turbulence is known to severely affect image quality. The acquisition ranges for even long range cameras can reduce from a few kilometres to less than 100 metres. In order to arrive at a solution that may be deployed in operationally significant scenarios, video imagery captured in these conditions was analysed. It became apparent that conventional civilian adaptive optics is not robust enough for generic military imaging. Therefore a pragmatic approach has been developed to lead to the design of a lens system that incorporates adaptive optics that may be used in challenging military scenarios.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7119, Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting IV, 711904 (7 October 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.801799
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Harbinder S. Rana, Defence Science and Technology Lab. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7119:
Optics and Photonics for Counterterrorism and Crime Fighting IV
Gari Owen, Editor(s)

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