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17 October 1994 Commercial applications for thermal imaging instruments: an update
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Infrared thermal imaging instruments were originally developed by the military for passive night vision and surveillance and, subsequently, found applications in weapons aiming and target tracking. Commercial applications for this technology dictate different rules and place different emphasis on instrument configuration and performance characteristics. This paper begins with a performance comparison between military night vision systems and typical commercial imaging radiometers, including packaging, configuration and features. An overview classification of recent and current commercial applications follows, including a more detailed description of a few of the more unusual and innovative solutions. Finally, a glimpse of the near future is offered, based on the most recent developments in detector/technology, equipment packaging and imaging diagnostic software.
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Herbert Kaplan "Commercial applications for thermal imaging instruments: an update", Proc. SPIE 2269, Infrared Technology XX, (17 October 1994); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.188635
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