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

Ronald G. Driggers, Mel Kruer, Dean Scribner, Penny Warren, Jon Leachtenauer

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5936-5943
Number of pages8
JournalApplied optics
Volume38
Issue number28
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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