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Comparing a MWIR and LWIR polarimetric imager for surface swimmer detection

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John S. Harchanko, Larry Pezzaniti, David Chenault, Graham Eades

Polaris Sensor Technologies, Inc.

Proc. SPIE 6972, Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing VIII, 697211 (March 31, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.785010
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  • Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing VIII
  • David B. Chenault; Dennis H. Goldstein
  • Orlando, FL | March 16, 2008

abstract

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 imager for surface swimmer detection", Proc. SPIE 6972, Polarization: Measurement, Analysis, and Remote Sensing VIII, 697211 (March 31, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.785010; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.785010


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