23 April 2010 LWIR NUC using an uncooled microbolometer camera
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Performing a good non-uniformity correction is a key part of achieving optimal performance from an infrared scene projector. Ideally, NUC will be performed in the same band in which the scene projector will be used. Cooled, large format MWIR cameras are readily available and have been successfully used to perform NUC, however, cooled large format LWIR cameras are not as common and are prohibitively expensive. Large format uncooled cameras are far more available and affordable, but present a range of challenges in practical use for performing NUC on an IRSP. Santa Barbara Infrared, Inc. reports progress on a continuing development program to use a microbolometer camera to perform LWIR NUC on an IRSP. Camera instability and temporal response and thermal resolution are the main difficulties. A discussion of processes developed to mitigate these issues follows.
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Joe LaVeigne, Joe LaVeigne, Greg Franks, Greg Franks, Kevin Sparkman, Kevin Sparkman, Marcus Prewarski, Marcus Prewarski, Brian Nehring, Brian Nehring, Steve McHugh, Steve McHugh, } "LWIR NUC using an uncooled microbolometer camera", Proc. SPIE 7663, Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing XV, 766306 (23 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.850524; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.850524

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