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Assessing the impact unique NVG filters have on human visual performance under simulated compatible cockpit lighting
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Paper Abstract

The introduction of Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) into the cockpits of aircraft configured with head-up displays (HUDs) and colored cockpit instruments necessitated the addition of special NVG objective lens filters to ensure NVG/cockpit compatibility. Three classifications have been developed: Class A, B and C, all minus blue filters, but with different transmissivity characteristics customized to make NVGs compatible with particular cockpit configurations. Class C filters, designed for aircraft equipped with holographic HUDs, are constructed of applied reflective coatings with a built-in spectral notch for transmitting the correct light wavelength to make the projected HUD symbology readable. New absorptive glass technology was integrated into the design of an RG-665 minus-blue filter identical to a class B filter but with a physical pinhole and varying glass material thickness to fine tune the filter for optimal transmissivity for NVG/HUD compatibility. A study was conducted to examine the impact these two unique classifications of filters have on visual performance using simulated compatible cockpit lighting in a controlled laboratory. Results indicate the Class C filters significantly outperformed the RG-665 filters with the windscreen condition installed. A discussion of the properties of each type of filter and its effect on NVG visual performance are discussed in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6224, Helmet- and Head-Mounted Displays XI: Technologies and Applications, 62240H (18 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.664076
Show Author Affiliations
Sharon A. Dixon, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Peter L. Marasco, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6224:
Helmet- and Head-Mounted Displays XI: Technologies and Applications
Randall W. Brown; Peter L. Marasco; Clarence E. Rash; Colin E. Reese, Editor(s)

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