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Millimeter wave sensor requirements for maritime small craft identification
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Paper Abstract

Passive millimeter wave (mmW) imagers have improved in terms of resolution sensitivity and frame rate. Currently, the Office of Naval Research (ONR), along with the US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Communications Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (RDECOM CERDEC) Night Vision and Electronic Sensor Directorate (NVESD), are investigating the current state-of-the-art of mmW imaging systems. The focus of this study was the performance of mmW imaging systems for the task of small watercraft / boat identification field performance. First mmW signatures were collected. This consisted of a set of eight small watercrafts; at 5 different aspects, during the daylight hours over a 48 hour period in the spring of 2008. Target characteristics were measured and characteristic dimension, signatures, and Root Sum Squared of Target's Temperature (RRSΔT) tabulated. Then an eight-alternative, forced choice (8AFC) human perception experiment was developed and conducted at NVESD. The ability of observers to discriminate between small watercraft was quantified. Next, the task difficulty criterion, V50, was quantified by applying this data to NVESD's target acquisition models using the Targeting Task Performance (TTP) metric. These parameters can be used to evaluate sensor field performance for Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection (AT/FP) and navigation tasks for the U.S. Navy, as well as for design and evaluation of imaging passive mmW sensors for both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 September 2009
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7485, Millimetre Wave and Terahertz Sensors and Technology II, 74850H (24 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.831060
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Keith Krapels, Office of Naval Research Science and Technology Reserves (United States)
Ronald G. Driggers, Office of Naval Research Science and Technology Reserves (United States)
Jose Garcia, Office of Naval Research Science and Technology Reserves (United States)
Evelyn Boettcher, DCS Corp. (United States)
Dennis Prather, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
Chrisopher Schuetz, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
Jesse Samluk, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
Lee Stein, Univ. of Delaware (United States)
William Kiser, Penn State Electro-Optic Ctr. (United States)
Andrew Visnansky, Penn State Electro-Optic Ctr. (United States)
Jeremy Grata, Penn State Electro-Optic Ctr. (United States)
David Wikner, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Russ Harris, Army Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7485:
Millimetre Wave and Terahertz Sensors and Technology II
Keith A. Krapels; Neil A. Salmon, Editor(s)

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