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Recent trials results of a LWIR polarimeter
Author(s): Barry Connor; Iain Carrie
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Paper Abstract

The aim of this paper is to describe the results of various trials involving a high-resolution thermal imager that has been designed to be sensitive to polarised radiation. Polarisation has the potential to discriminate man-made objects and disturbed earth from background clutter. Polarisation combined with conventional thermal imaging within the one camera offers the potential to significantly reduce false alarms in surveillance and detection applications. The camera used during the trials is a technology demonstrator developed by Thales Optronics, UK. The camera operates in the longwave infra red and has a QWIP polarisation-sensitive detector. The results presented in this paper include recent trials in the UK and USA. The aim of the trials was to assess the utility in using a LWIR polarimeter for detection of difficult objects from background clutter. Thermal and polarised images were captured and processed in order to detect anomalies. Several polarisation-based discriminative imaging techniques are applied to trials imagery. The effect of the diurnal cycle on the effectiveness of polarisation for object discrimination will be assessed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 May 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7298, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXV, 72980A (7 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.819435
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Barry Connor, Thales Optronics Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Iain Carrie, Thales Optronics Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7298:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXV
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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