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Obscuration Effects Of Artillery-Produced Dust Clouds On Infrared Electro-Optical Systems
Author(s): John F. Ebersole; Roberto Vaglio-Laurin; David S. Dvore; Manuel Martinez-Sanchez; Louis D. Duncan
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Paper Abstract

As indicated in Figure 1, the problem we are addressing is that of battlefield clutter due to the presence of aerosols which diffuse in the atmosphere under the action of wind turbulence and buoyant convectimi. We have a variety of aerosol sources such as dirt kicked up by explosions, dust clouds due to wind storms and vehicular motion, haze and fog, smoke from fires, and screening smokes. Each of these aerosol sources can contribute serious degradation to the operation of electro-optical systems. Our work has been directed towards describing and developing an understanding of the various aerosol source terms and their subsequent diffusion in the atmosphere. From this, we have been developing a disturbed IR transmission (DIRTRAN) model to describe the degradation effects produced by battlefield clutter.(1) Validation of this model is being performed with the aid of data obtained at several recent Army infrared obscuration field trials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 December 1979
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 0197, Modern Utilization of Infrared Technology V, (17 December 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957994
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John F. Ebersole, Aerodyne Research, Inc. (United States)
Roberto Vaglio-Laurin, Aerodyne Research, Inc. (United States)
David S. Dvore, Aerodyne Research, Inc. (United States)
Manuel Martinez-Sanchez, Aerodyne Research, Inc. (United States)
Louis D. Duncan, Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0197:
Modern Utilization of Infrared Technology V
Irving J. Spiro, Editor(s)

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