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Two-band infrared thermographer for standoff temperature measurements
Author(s): Julia H. Rentz; David Mansur; Robert Vaillancourt; David Carlson; Elizabeth Schundler; George Genetti
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Paper Abstract

We present a new approach to remote infrared temperature measurements over mid to long standoff ranges in varying atmospheric conditions. The sensor is intended for remote triage applications where direct access to victims may be hazardous or otherwise impossible. Our system employs a small reflector telescope followed by a series of interference filters which form spatially identical but spectrally separated images on two miniature uncooled microbolometer focal plane arrays. On a pixel by pixel basis, we algebraically combine and normalize the two images. By carefully selecting the spectral passbands of the two images, the mathematical process yields a result that is substantially free of errors caused by humidity, rain, light fog, and atmospheric carbon dioxide. The package measures 6 x 6 x 18-inches and weighs 6 lbs. We have also added an on-axis miniature visible imager to the system and present the user with a fused visible/infrared image with user-defined transparency levels. The visible/infrared combination provides good spatial resolution at large distances and ease of pointing along with the accurate temperature measurement across the field of view.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 November 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6010, Infrared to Terahertz Technologies for Health and the Environment, 60100F (17 November 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.629894
Show Author Affiliations
Julia H. Rentz, OPTRA, Inc. (United States)
David Mansur, OPTRA, Inc. (United States)
Robert Vaillancourt, OPTRA, Inc. (United States)
David Carlson, OPTRA, Inc. (United States)
Elizabeth Schundler, OPTRA, Inc. (United States)
George Genetti, OPTRA, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6010:
Infrared to Terahertz Technologies for Health and the Environment
Alexey A. Belyanin; Rebekah A. Drezek; Claire F. Gmachl, Editor(s)

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