Infrared Focal Plane Array Imaging System Characterization by Means of a Blackbody Radiator

  • Francisca Parra
  • Pablo Meza
  • Carlos Toro
  • Sergio Torres
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7042)


Infrared (IR) Focal plane array (IRFPA) cameras are nowadays both, more accessible and with a broad variety in terms of detectors design. In many cases, the IRFPA characterization is not completely given by the manufacturer. In this paper a long wave 8-12 [μm] microbolometer IRFPA is characterized by means of calculating the Noise Equivalent Temperature Difference (NETD) and the Correctability performance parameters. The Correctability parameter has been evaluated by using a black body radiator and Two-Points calibration technique. Also, the Transfer Function of the microbolometer IR camera has been experimentally obtained as well as the NETD by the evaluation of radiometric data from a blackbody radiator. The obtained parameters are the key for any successful application of IR imaging pattern recognition.


Blackbody Radiator Focal Plane Array Temporal Noise Data Cube Infrared Focal Plane Array 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francisca Parra
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Pablo Meza
    • 1
    • 2
  • Carlos Toro
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sergio Torres
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Ingeniería EléctricaUniversidad de ConcepciónConcepciónChile
  2. 2.Center for Optics and PhotonicsUniversidad de ConcepciónConcepciónChile
  3. 3.Aeronautical Polytechnic Academy Chilean Air ForceSantiagoChile

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