27 August 2009 Scene-based nonuniformity correction algorithm for MEMS-based un-cooled IR image system
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Almost two years after the investors in Sarcon Microsystems pulled the plug, the micro-cantilever array based uncooled IR detector technology is again attracting more and more attention because of its low cost and high credibility. An uncooled thermal detector array with low NETD is designed and fabricated using MEMS bimaterial microcantilever structures that bend in response to thermal change. The IR images of objects obtained by these FPAs are readout by an optical method. For the IR images, one of the most problems of FPN is complicated by the fact that the response of each FPA detector changes due to a variety of factors, causing the nonuniformity pattern to slowly drift in time. Thus, it is required to remove the nonuniformity. A scene-based nonuniformity correction algorithm was discussed in this paper, against to the traditional calibration-based and other scene-based techniques, which has the better correct performance; better MSE compared with traditional methods can be obtained. Great compute and analysis have been realized by using the discussed algorithm to the simulated data and real infrared scene data respectively. The experimental results demonstrate, the corrected image by this algorithm not only yields highest Peak Signal-to-Noise Ratio values (PSNR), but also achieves best visual quality.
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Liquan Dong, Xiaohua Liu, Yuejin Zhao, Mei Hui, Xiaoxiao Zhou, "Scene-based nonuniformity correction algorithm for MEMS-based un-cooled IR image system", Proc. SPIE 7419, Infrared Systems and Photoelectronic Technology IV, 74190Y (27 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.825041; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.825041
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