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Spatial processing techniques for the detection of small targets in IR clutter
Author(s): David S. K. Chan
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Paper Abstract

The detection of small targets in infrared (IR) clutter is a problem of critical importance to Infrared Search and Track (IRST) systems. This paper presents techniques for analyzing and improving the detection performance of IRST systems. Only spatial, or single-frame, processing will be addressed. For clutter with spatially slowly varying statistics, our approach is based on linear filtering. Models of target and clutter are developed and used to analyze matched filter performance and sensitivity. This sensitivity analysis is used to improve filter bank design. A clutter classification scheme which can separate clutter of different types is presented. Finally, to improve system performance in the presence of large intensity gradients, such as cloud edges, an improved adaptive threshold scheme is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 1990
Proc. SPIE 1305, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1990, (1 October 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.2321786
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David S. K. Chan, GE Global Research (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1305:
Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1990
Oliver E. Drummond, Editor(s)

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