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
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)