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LWIR NUC using an uncooled microbolometer camera
Author(s): Joe LaVeigne; Greg Franks; Kevin Sparkman; Marcus Prewarski; Brian Nehring; Steve McHugh
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Paper Abstract

Performing a good non-uniformity correction is a key part of achieving optimal performance from an infrared scene projector. Ideally, NUC will be performed in the same band in which the scene projector will be used. Cooled, large format MWIR cameras are readily available and have been successfully used to perform NUC, however, cooled large format LWIR cameras are not as common and are prohibitively expensive. Large format uncooled cameras are far more available and affordable, but present a range of challenges in practical use for performing NUC on an IRSP. Santa Barbara Infrared, Inc. reports progress on a continuing development program to use a microbolometer camera to perform LWIR NUC on an IRSP. Camera instability and temporal response and thermal resolution are the main difficulties. A discussion of processes developed to mitigate these issues follows.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 April 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7663, Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing XV, 766306 (23 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.850524
Show Author Affiliations
Joe LaVeigne, Santa Barbara Infrared, Inc. (United States)
Greg Franks, Santa Barbara Infrared, Inc. (United States)
Kevin Sparkman, Santa Barbara Infrared, Inc. (United States)
Marcus Prewarski, Santa Barbara Infrared, Inc. (United States)
Brian Nehring, Santa Barbara Infrared, Inc. (United States)
Steve McHugh, Santa Barbara Infrared, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7663:
Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing XV
James A. Buford; Robert Lee Murrer, Editor(s)

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