Night illumination in the near- and short-wave infrared spectral bands and the potential for silicon and indium-gallium-arsenide imagers to perform night targeting

Richard H. Vollmerhausen, Ronald G. Driggers, Van A. Hodgkin

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Abstract

On a moonless night, the primary source of natural illumination in the near infrared and short-wave infrared spectral bands is airglow. We use data gathered by astronomers and atmospheric scientists to estimate the magnitude and variability of airglow ground illumination. Based on that foundation, we analyze the target acquisition performance of imagers that use silicon and indium-gallium-arsenide focal plane arrays.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number043202
JournalOptical Engineering
Volume52
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • airglow
  • indium-gallium-arsenide
  • night illumination
  • night vision imaging
  • silicon focal plane array

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering(all)

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