The NPS Virtual Thermal Image processing model
Cooper, Alfred W.
Pieper, R. J.
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A new virtual thermal image-processing model that has been developed at the Naval Postgraduate School is introduced in this thesis. This visualization program is based on an earlier work, the Visibility MRTD model, which is focused on predicting the minimum resolvable temperature difference (MRTD). The MRTD is a standard performance measure for forward-looking infrared (FLIR) imaging systems. It takes into account thermal imaging system modeling concerns, such as modulation transfer functions (MTFs), sampling, aliasing and noise, and provides virtual visual images that are associated with the thermal imaging system being modeled. This capability of the model allows the user to virtually evaluate the effects of component variation, noise, sampling and aliasing on the final four-bar image. The analysis demonstrated that aliasing effects in thermal images of four-bar patterns cannot, in general, be adequately modeled as noise. For example, the simulation experiments showed that under the right conditions aliasing can create a noticeable contrast enhancement in the output images.
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