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Neon: the UK Met office electro-optic tactical decision aid-current and future capability
Author(s): S. Fox; D. Wilson; W. Lewis
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Paper Abstract

The thermal contrast between two surfaces can vary dramatically with the atmospheric conditions. "Neon" is an application to predict the thermal contrast between different surfaces and their backgrounds, and the apparent contrast, given atmospheric conditions, when a target surface and background are viewed through a remotely situated infra-red camera. It is typically used in military assessments of how visible a target will be at a particular range. Recent research work to Neon has concentrated on the conversion of these apparent temperatures to more user-relevant descriptions of the detectability of the target. Accordingly, a development version of Neon now outputs "Detect", "Recognize" and "Identify" guidance. This paper briefly outlines the Neon concepts and then explores the methods behind the calculation of these detectability ranges and probabilities, and their comparison with a simple target acquisition range based only on the apparent contrast of the target and background. It finally explores how variations in the atmosphere impact upon the detectability of a target, and how the atmospheric impact will change with future improvements in sensor technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7828, Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems XIII, 782805 (11 October 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.868182
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S. Fox, Met Office (United Kingdom)
D. Wilson, Met Office (United Kingdom)
W. Lewis, Met Office (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7828:
Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems XIII
Karin Stein; John D. Gonglewski, Editor(s)

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