9 June 2014 Validation of atmospheric turbulence simulations of extended scenes
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Atmospheric turbulence causes blur, distortion and intensity fluctuations that can severely degrade image quality of electro-optic and thermal imaging systems. Realistic simulated imagery is needed to evaluate the effects of turbulence and provide input for the evaluation of mitigation and image processing algorithms, since turbulence-based data collections can be cost prohibitive and time consuming. In this work we validate an existing turbulence image simulator against a well-characterized dataset, including resolution targets. The robust dataset was collected through a diurnal cycle for a variety of ranges.
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Kevin R. Leonard, Richard L. Espinola, "Validation of atmospheric turbulence simulations of extended scenes", Proc. SPIE 9071, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXV, 907118 (9 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2054311; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2054311

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