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System performance advances of 18-mm and 16-mm subminiature image intensifier sensors
Author(s): Nils Ian Thomas
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Paper Abstract

Night vision system design has been centered aroudn the An/AVS-6 and AN/PVS-7 night vision goggle systems for the past 20 years. Goggle performance has improved during this time through increased performance of the image intensifier sensor, primarily the Omni IV sensor from ITT Industries Night Vision. Most of this improvement has been at the optimal light level (1E-3 fc scene illumination). Recent advances in image sensor performance from the filmless Generation (Gen) IV sensors has increased the low light level performance of night vision devices from 0.3 cy/mr to 0.7 cy/mr. In addition, sensor packaging design requirements have forced night vision sensor manufactures to design light weight, small volume sensors. ITT recently has designed such a sensor in a 16-mm format. This sensor if 50% lighter, up to 50% shorter, and has design features that simplify the objective lens design. New night vision goggles have been, and are being, designed which reduce the perceived head-supported weight. This paper presents signal-to-noise ratio, halo, and other film-less sensor data and similar 16-mm subminiature sensor data. The resulting system performance data will be described. Finally, the system design improvements and relationships with the subminiature 16-mm subminiature sensor will be given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4128, Image Intensifiers and Applications II, (3 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405866
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Nils Ian Thomas, ITT Industries Night Vision (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4128:
Image Intensifiers and Applications II
C. Bruce Johnson, Editor(s)

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