14 May 2018 A dual wave infrared imaging polarimeter
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Detection of targets can be difficult using thermal camera during thermal cross-over periods. Under these conditions, the target takes on the apparent temperature of objects in the foreground or background and becomes undetectable. It is commonly said that the thermal imagery is “washed-out”. When the thermal contrast of an object against its background is zero, many times a polarization contrast of the same object is non-zero. In this paper, we introduce a camera that measures thermal and polarization images in both the mid-wave infrared (MWIR) and long-wave infrared (LWIR). We also show example images and derive a simple equation that explains the conditions under which a polarization signature of an object can be expected.
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J. Larry Pezzaniti, J. Larry Pezzaniti, Brett Hokr, Brett Hokr, Jenny F. Niles, Jenny F. Niles, Rich Edmondson, Rich Edmondson, Michael Roche, Michael Roche, Lisa Blackwell, Lisa Blackwell, } "A dual wave infrared imaging polarimeter ", Proc. SPIE 10655, Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing XIII, 106550X (14 May 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2309973; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2309973
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