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Imaging applications of large-format variable acuity superpixel imagers
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A wide variety of imaging applications exist for 1K x 1K midwave infrared (MWIR) imagers and Nova's Variable Acuity Superpixel Imager (VASTM) technology1,2 has now progressed to this image format. This paper will demonstrate a variety of imagery from MWIR cameras using this large format "LVASI" device; the in-pixel processing used by the LVASI cameras represents the state-of-the-art for image size, total field of view, high frame rates, low data bandwidths and real-time spatial reprogrammability of focal plane arrays (FPAs). Using these devices, imaging systems may now be implemented that permit the operator to "zoom in" to regions of interest with very high spatial resolution, while covering the remainder of the total field of view (TFOV) at conventional resolutions. The bandwidth compression attainable using these sensors helps to make possible systems that can transmit their high resolution imagery through wireless interconnected networks. We present recent infrared image data that highlight numerous applications including missile detection/tracking, search/rescue and remote surveillance applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6206, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXII, 62060Z (17 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.668508
Show Author Affiliations
Mark A. Massie, Nova Sensors (United States)
Jon Paul Curzan, Nova Sensors (United States)
Paul L. McCarley, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Nicholas I. Rummelt, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6206:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXII
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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