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Weather And Thermal Electric-Optical Sensor Performance
Author(s): Harold E. Geitmacher
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Paper Abstract

An overview of the relationship between target and background signatures, atmospheric effects, sensor characteristics and their combined effect on thermal imaging sensor performance is given. Specifically addressed are target background temperature differences, atmospheric transmission and path radiance, sensor detector noise, signal processing techniques (AC and DC coupling) and image display. Recently collected case history data relating the above variables to 8-12 micrometer image quality under different weather conditions are presented. A review of current Air Force efforts to further understand their combined effect and to model sensor performance is given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 1981
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 0305, Atmospheric Effects on Electro-Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave Systems Performance, (30 December 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.932700
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Harold E. Geitmacher, Air Force Wright Aeronautical Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0305:
Atmospheric Effects on Electro-Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave Systems Performance
Richard Gomez, Editor(s)

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