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Detection of manmade objects
Author(s): Amy B. Newbury; Melissa L. Nischan; Rose Joseph; Mrinal A. Iyengar; Berton C. Willard; Justin Libby; Gary J. Swanson; Bernadette Johnson; Hsiao-hua K. Burke
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Paper Abstract

Hyperspectral imagers have the unique capability of doing both material identification and anomaly detection. However, hyperspectral imagers with hundreds of co-registered contiguous bands are difficult to field particularly if real-time processing is required. With judicious choice of bands, the anomaly detection performance of a multispectral sensor can rival that of hyperspectral sensors. In order to achieve this performance, the choice of multispectral bands relies on the presence of exploitable target or background spectral features. The universality of these features will determine the overall utility of a multispectral system. We have discovered that water vapor features in the SWIR (Short Wave InfraRed) can be used to distinguish manmade objects from natural backgrounds. As an example, we will show that two broad bands chosen to exploit these features make most manmade objects detectable in the presence of natural clutter with few false alarms.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 November 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4132, Imaging Spectrometry VI, (15 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.406580
Show Author Affiliations
Amy B. Newbury, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Melissa L. Nischan, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Rose Joseph, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Mrinal A. Iyengar, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Berton C. Willard, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Justin Libby, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Gary J. Swanson, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Bernadette Johnson, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Hsiao-hua K. Burke, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4132:
Imaging Spectrometry VI
Michael R. Descour; Sylvia S. Shen, Editor(s)

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