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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 7 — Apr. 2, 2007
  • pp: 3816–3832

Modeling the target acquisition performance of active imaging systems

Richard L. Espinola, Eddie L. Jacobs, Carl E. Halford, Richard Vollmerhausen, and David H. Tofsted  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 7, pp. 3816-3832 (2007)

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Recent development of active imaging system technology in the defense and security community have driven the need for a theoretical understanding of its operation and performance in military applications such as target acquisition. In this paper, the modeling of active imaging systems, developed at the U.S. Army RDECOM CERDEC Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate, is presented with particular emphasis on the impact of coherent effects such as speckle and atmospheric scintillation. Experimental results from human perception tests are in good agreement with the model results, validating the modeling of coherent effects as additional noise sources. Example trade studies on the design of a conceptual active imaging system to mitigate deleterious coherent effects are shown.

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OCIS Codes
(030.6140) Coherence and statistical optics : Speckle
(110.3080) Imaging systems : Infrared imaging
(110.4280) Imaging systems : Noise in imaging systems
(280.3420) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser sensors
(290.5930) Scattering : Scintillation

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: January 10, 2007
Revised Manuscript: February 20, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: February 27, 2007
Published: April 2, 2007

Richard L. Espinola, Eddie L. Jacobs, Carl E. Halford, Richard Vollmerhausen, and David H. Tofsted, "Modeling the target acquisition performance of active imaging systems," Opt. Express 15, 3816-3832 (2007)

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