Probability of identification cycle criterion (N50/N90) for underwater mine target acquisition

Ronald G. Driggers, James S. Taylor, Keith Krapels

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This research describes the derivation of a 50% probability of identification cycle criterion (N50) for a set of underwater mines. Various levels of blur were applied to eight underwater mines and four nonmine objects with nine aspects in the visible spectra. Results were analyzed as a function of blur level and target size to give identification probability as a function of resolvable cycles on target. The results are applicable to underwater mine target acquisition estimates for visible electro-optical imaging systems and for laser-illuminated, range-gated imaging systems. This research provides for the design and analysis of electro-optical systems in the identification of underwater mines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number033201
JournalOptical Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Electro-Optical Imaging
  • Imaging
  • Mines
  • Performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Engineering


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