A practical engineering model that predicts the thermal radiation distributions for a wide variety of scenes and a digital capability to simulate thermal imagery on a medium size computer was originated. Via memory conserving processing techniques the time necessary to computer generate the imagery is drastically reduced compared with standard methods. In certain conditions real-time picture creation (30 frames/sec) might be achieved.
Gertrude H. Kornfeld, "Computer generation of infrared imagery," Appl. Opt. 24, 4534-4542 (1985)