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15 April 2008 Comparing a MWIR and LWIR polarimetric imaging for surface swimmer detection
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Previously, we have investigated the use of Long-Wave Infra-Red (LWIR) polarimetric imaging for the detection of surface swimmers in a maritime environment. While better contrast and longer range are expected with Mid-Wave Infra-Red (MWIR) polarimetric imaging, the cost of such a system is higher than a polarimetric imager operating in the LWIR due to the advent of higher-performance micro-bolometer imaging arrays. The actual performance of a MWIR polarimetric imager to detect a person in the water is presented. A comparative analysis of system cost between MWIR and LWIR systems is also discussed.
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John S. Harchanko, Larry Pezzaniti, David Chenault, and Graham Eades "Comparing a MWIR and LWIR polarimetric imaging for surface swimmer detection", Proc. SPIE 6945, Optics and Photonics in Global Homeland Security IV, 69450X (15 April 2008); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.778061
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