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Synthesis of optical polarization signatures of military aircraft
Author(s): Walter G. Egan; Michael J. Duggin
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Paper Abstract

Focal plane wide band IR imagery will be compared with visual wide band focal plane digital imagery of a camouflaged B-52 bomber. Extreme enhancement is possible using digital polarized imagery. The experimental observations will be compared to theoretical calculations and modeling result of both specular and shadowed areas to allow extrapolations to the synthesis of the optical polarization signatures of other aircraft. The relationship of both the specular and the shadowed areas to surface structure, orientation, specularlity, roughness, shadowing and the complex index of refraction will be illustrated. The imagery was obtained in two plane-polarized directions. Many aircraft locations were measured as well as sky background.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 January 2002
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4481, Polarization Analysis and Measurement IV, (9 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.452888
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Walter G. Egan, CUNY/York College (United States)
Michael J. Duggin, SUNY/Syracuse (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4481:
Polarization Analysis and Measurement IV
Dennis H. Goldstein; Walter G. Egan; David B. Chenault; Michael J. Duggin; Walter G. Egan; Michael J. Duggin, Editor(s)

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