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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)

Abstract

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.

Keywords

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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