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Focal Plane Spatial Response And Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) Measurements Using A Computer-Aided Flying Spot Scanner
Author(s): S. R. Hawkins; R. P. Farley; G. Gal; A. K. Gressle; S. B. Grossman; W. G. Opyd
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Paper Abstract

In the measurement and characterization of the performance of infrared and visible focal plane arrays, the determination of the detailed spatial response of individual detectors as well as the entire array can be extremely important in many electro-optic sensor applications such as the detection of targets in the presence of clutter and passive acquisition and tracking. This paper describes a computer-controlled flying spot scanning technique for the measurement of detailed focal plane detector responses as well as detector-to-detector cross talk and spurious responses. The technique uses a computer-controlled flying spot scanner and online data processing. A simple deconvolution is used to remove the known temporal responses of the detector and electronics followed by a two-dimensional decorrelation of the blur spot from the output signal to obtain the focal plane spatial response. As a natural result of this process the individual detector MTFs can be obtained. This technique has been implemented in a low-background focal plane test facility, which is also described. Several examples of actual test data are shown to demonstrate the use of this spot-scanning facility and its utility as a diagnostic tool.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 1983
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0366, Modern Utilization of infrared Technology VIII, (12 July 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.934231
Show Author Affiliations
S. R. Hawkins, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory (United States)
R. P. Farley, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory (United States)
G. Gal, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory (United States)
A. K. Gressle, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory (United States)
S. B. Grossman, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory (United States)
W. G. Opyd, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0366:
Modern Utilization of infrared Technology VIII
Irving J. Spiro, Editor(s)

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