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Phenomenology Of Thermal Infrared Background Scenes
Author(s): A. T. Maksymowicz; R. A. Bankus; L. H. Wald
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Paper Abstract

Phenomenological descriptions of radiance distributions can be an important input for the modeling of infrared background scenes. The resulting models can be used as the basis for generating synthetic background scenes for the purpose of testing target discrimination and navigation algorithms in cases where real data are unavailable. Statistical analyses of thermal infrared images of ocean, clouds, and various types of terrain have been carried out in the context of such modeling work. The images were obtained by the NASA/Ames Daedalus multispectral scanner. Special emphasis is placed on the spatial correlation structure of the radiance distributions for the various background types. The results are compared with the predictions of an exponentially correlated Gaussian random walk process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 1983
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0366, Modern Utilization of infrared Technology VIII, (12 July 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.934234
Show Author Affiliations
A. T. Maksymowicz, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratories (United States)
R. A. Bankus, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratories (United States)
L. H. Wald, Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratories (United States)


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

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