Title

Characterization of digital-micromirror device-based infrared scene projector

Authors

Authors

W. R. Folks; J. M. Lopez-Alonso; B. Monacelli; A. Weeks; G. Zummo; D. Mullally;G. D. Boreman

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Abbreviated Journal Title

Opt. Eng.

Keywords

scene generation; infrared scene projection; spatial light modulator; MODULATION TRANSFER-FUNCTION; TARGETS; SYSTEMS; NOISE; Optics

Abstract

A test procedure is developed for an infrared laser scene projector, and applied to a projection system that we develop based on digital micromirror technology. The intended use will be for simulation and target training. Resolution and noise are significant parameters for target perception models of infrared imaging systems. System resolution is normally measured as the modulation transfer function (MTF), and its noise modeled through an appropriate signal standard deviation metric. We compare MTF measurements for both mid-wave (MWIR) and longwave IR (LWIR) bands for an infrared laser scene projector based on the digital micromirror device (DMD). Moreover, we use two complimentary models to characterize imaging camera noise. This provides a quantitative image-quality criterion of system performance. (c) 2005 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.

Journal Title

Optical Engineering

Volume

44

Issue/Number

8

Publication Date

1-1-2005

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

7

WOS Identifier

WOS:000232596000030

ISSN

0091-3286

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