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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 28 — Oct. 1, 1999
  • pp: 5936–5943

Sensor performance conversions for infrared target acquisition and intelligence–surveillance–reconnaissance imaging sensors

Ronald G. Driggers, Mel Kruer, Dean Scribner, Penny Warren, and Jon Leachtenauer  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 28, pp. 5936-5943 (1999)

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Target acquisition infrared imaging sensors are characterized by their minimum resolvable temperature parameter that is translated to the probability of identification (Pid) performance estimate for a given target. Intelligence–surveillance–reconnaissance (ISR) sensors are characterized by the general image quality equation to give a national imagery interpretability rating scale (NIIRS) performance estimate. Sensors, such as those on Predator and Global Hawk, will soon be used for both ISR and target acquisition purposes. We present a performance conversion that includes both sensor resolution and sensitivity. We also provide the first empirical results to our knowledge ever to be presented that relate NIIRS and Pid for a given set of targets.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(040.3060) Detectors : Infrared
(100.2960) Image processing : Image analysis
(100.5010) Image processing : Pattern recognition

Original Manuscript: April 14, 1999
Revised Manuscript: June 7, 1999
Published: October 1, 1999

Ronald G. Driggers, Mel Kruer, Dean Scribner, Penny Warren, and Jon Leachtenauer, "Sensor performance conversions for infrared target acquisition and intelligence–surveillance–reconnaissance imaging sensors," Appl. Opt. 38, 5936-5943 (1999)

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