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Facility For Brassboard Infrared Sensor Simulations
Author(s): S. R. Hawkins; S. B. Grossman; R. P. Farley; J. H. Harshman; A. S. Hamamoto
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Paper Abstract

Infrared electro-optic sensors for target detection, tracking, and imaging applications continue to play vital roles in many military and scientific programs. The sensor and its components must be optimized for each application. A critical part of the optimization is the end-to-end modeling and experimental evaluation of the integrated sensor functions. In nearly all cases, only computer simulations are performed using actual or assumed component data with no experimental verification of end-to-end sensor performance due, pri-marily, to a lack of facilities. In this paper we describe a brassboard test facility specifically designed to experimentally evaluate the end-to-end performance of both scanning and staring IR sensors. The facility has the capability of providing a wide variety of target and background signals and image scenes in several spectral regions to IR focal planes interfaced to a fully dedicated on-line minicomputer facility. The minicomputer provides the required data collection and signal processing capability to evaluate various sensor component and end-to-end sensor functions in real or near-real time. As an example, some test results for a brassboard IR passive tracker are shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 June 1982
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 0327, Sensor Design Using Computer Tools, (30 June 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.933350
Show Author Affiliations
S. R. Hawkins, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory (United States)
S. B. Grossman, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory (United States)
R. P. Farley, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory (United States)
J. H. Harshman, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory (United States)
A. S. Hamamoto, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0327:
Sensor Design Using Computer Tools
John A. Jamieson, Editor(s)

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