17 May 2006 Imaging applications of large-format variable acuity superpixel imagers
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A wide variety of imaging applications exist for 1K x 1K midwave infrared (MWIR) imagers and Nova's Variable Acuity Superpixel Imager (VASTM) technology1,2 has now progressed to this image format. This paper will demonstrate a variety of imagery from MWIR cameras using this large format "LVASI" device; the in-pixel processing used by the LVASI cameras represents the state-of-the-art for image size, total field of view, high frame rates, low data bandwidths and real-time spatial reprogrammability of focal plane arrays (FPAs). Using these devices, imaging systems may now be implemented that permit the operator to "zoom in" to regions of interest with very high spatial resolution, while covering the remainder of the total field of view (TFOV) at conventional resolutions. The bandwidth compression attainable using these sensors helps to make possible systems that can transmit their high resolution imagery through wireless interconnected networks. We present recent infrared image data that highlight numerous applications including missile detection/tracking, search/rescue and remote surveillance applications.
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Mark A. Massie, Mark A. Massie, Jon Paul Curzan, Jon Paul Curzan, Paul L. McCarley, Paul L. McCarley, Nicholas I. Rummelt, Nicholas I. Rummelt, } "Imaging applications of large-format variable acuity superpixel imagers", Proc. SPIE 6206, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXII, 62060Z (17 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.668508; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.668508
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