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5 February 2003 Advanced image intensifier night vision system technologies: status and summary 2002
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This paper presents the current status and summary of image intensified night vision system technologies using Northrop Grumman Electro-Optical Systems (NGEOS) advanced image intensifier (I2) tubes and associated NGEOS advanced I2 technologies. NGEOS advanced I2 technologies is divided into three fully proven and critical I2 subtechnologies: Unfilmed microchannel plate (MCP) based I2, Autogated power supply technologies, and 16mm halo free I2 technology. The initial discussion in this paper will center around the three major NGEOS advanced I2 subtechnologies and their respective night vision system performance benefits. Secondly, this paper will present and discuss the laboratory and field (ground and aerial) performance results from these various advanced night vision systems and technologies. Finally, this paper concludes with the extension and application of the previously noted advanced image intensifier technologies in digital imaging system applications such as image fusion systems combining image intensification and uncooled infrared sensors (SWIR/MWIR/LWIR).
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Joseph P. Estrera, Timothy E. Ostromek, Antonio V. Bacarella, Wayne Isbell, Mike J. Iosue, Michael R. Saldana, and Timothy R. Beystrum "Advanced image intensifier night vision system technologies: status and summary 2002", Proc. SPIE 4796, Low-Light-Level and Real-Time Imaging Systems, Components, and Applications, (5 February 2003);

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