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8 November 2005 A simultaneous dual-band infrared hyperspectral imager for standoff detection
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Proceedings Volume 5995, Chemical and Biological Standoff Detection III; 59950L (2005)
Event: Optics East 2005, 2005, Boston, MA, United States
A novel dual-band hyperspectral imager has been developed to collect 128-band hyperspectral image cubes simultaneously in both 4-5.25 μm (mid wave IR, MWIR) and 8-10.5 μm (long wave IR, LWIR) bands for both target detection and standoff detection of chemical and biological agents. The imager uses a specially designed diffractive optics Ge lens with a dual-band 320×240 HgCdTe infrared (IR) focal plane array (FPA) cooled with a closed cycle Sterling-cooler. The diffractive optics lens acts both as a focusing as well as a dispersive device. The imager simultaneously collects a single-color full scene image with a narrow band in the LWIR region (e.g., at 8 μm) using the first order diffraction and corresponding single-color image in the MWIR region (e.g., at 4 μm) using the second order diffraction. Images at different wavelengths are obtained by moving the lens along its optical axis to focus the corresponding wavelengths. Contributions of out of focus wavelengths are removed in post processing. In this paper we will briefly discuss the imager and present data and results from a recent field test.
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Neelam Gupta and Dale Smith "A simultaneous dual-band infrared hyperspectral imager for standoff detection", Proc. SPIE 5995, Chemical and Biological Standoff Detection III, 59950L (8 November 2005);

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