23 January 2003 Miniaturized thermal snapshot camera
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This paper reports on the development of a new class of thermal cameras. Known as the FLAsh STabilized (FLAST) thermal imaging camera systme, these cameras are the first to be able to capture snapshop thermal images. Results from testing of the prototype unit will be presented and status on the design of amore efficient, miniaturized version for produciotn. The camera is highly programmable for images capture method, shot sequence, and shot quantity. To achieve the ability to operate in a snapship mode, the FLAST camera is designed to function without the need for cooling or other thermal regulation. In addition, the camera can operate over extended periods without the need for re-calibration. Thus, the cemera does not require a shutter, chopper or user inserted imager blocking system. This camera is capable operating for weeks using standard AA batteries. The initial camera configuration provides an image resolution of 320 x 240 and is able to turn-on and capture an image within approximately 1/4 sec. The FLAST camera operates autonomously, to collect, catalog and store over 500 images. Any interface and relay system capable of video formatted input will be able to serve as the image download transmission system.
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William B. Hornback, William B. Hornback, Ellwood Payson, Ellwood Payson, Deron Len Linsacum, Deron Len Linsacum, Kenneth Ward, Kenneth Ward, John Kennedy, John Kennedy, Leo Myers, Leo Myers, Dean Cuadra, Dean Cuadra, Mark Li, Mark Li, "Miniaturized thermal snapshot camera", Proc. SPIE 4820, Infrared Technology and Applications XXVIII, (23 January 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.464430; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.464430
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