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Analysis of the effect of projector nonuniformity on the output of a sensor under test
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Paper Abstract

This paper examines the relative significance of and dependencies between different noise sources which affect a sensor viewing a scene projector. An analysis is presented which compares the effect of various signal-dependent and signal-independent sensor noises, as well as the effect of projector nonuniformity (NU) on the sensor output. A key result of this analysis is a quantitative means to assess the importance of projector NU on sensor performance for different scene levels and operating conditions. It provides an analytical means to address questions such as: How and how much does projector NU influence the sensor response? At what level does the projector NU become a limiting factor in testing sensor performance? What is the penalty incurred in a particular test if a specified projector NU is not achieved? What effort should be expended to reduce projector NU in relation to other errors for a particular application? Discussion, results, and conclusions for a specific application are presented in addition to the analyses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 June 1995
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2469, Targets and Backgrounds: Characterization and Representation, (2 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.210623
Show Author Affiliations
Breck A. Sieglinger, Nichols Research Corp. (United States)
David S. Flynn, Nichols Research Corp. (United States)
Charles F. Coker, Air Force Wright Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2469:
Targets and Backgrounds: Characterization and Representation
Wendell R. Watkins; Dieter Clement, Editor(s)

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