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Objective MRTD As A Figure Of Merit
Author(s): W. L. McCracken
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Paper Abstract

There is an increasing need for an objective figure of merit for specification of infrared imaging sensors in military applications such as manned airborne reconnaissance systems. This paper suggests a very simple modification of the subjective MRTD figure of merit used for predicting observer performance with infrared FLIRS. Objective MRTD can be used for modeling and control of both FLIR and infrared line scan sensor performance especially in those applications where the infrared sensor must interface with a total reconnaissance or weapon system. Such total systems, or sensor suites, usually consist of many diverse components each made by different vendors. Often interface must be established with equipment made in foreign nations. It is therefore imperative that the performance of a thermal imaging sensor be precisely measured in an unequivocal manner. Objective MRTD is suggested as an easily measured figure of merit for thermal imagers which is useful in meeting these objectives.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 June 1988
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0892, Simulation and Modeling of Optical Systems, (9 June 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.944322
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W. L. McCracken, Honeywell Electro-Optics Division (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0892:
Simulation and Modeling of Optical Systems
Robert E. Fischer; Donald C. O'Shea, Editor(s)

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