Performing a good non-uniformity correction is a key part of achieving optimal performance from an infrared scene projector, and the best NUC is performed in the band of interest for the sensor being tested. While cooled, large format MWIR cameras are readily available and have been successfully used to perform NUC, similar cooled, large format LWIR cameras are not as common and are prohibitively expensive. Large format uncooled cameras are far more available and affordable, but present a range of challenges in practical use for performing NUC on an IRSP. Some of these challenges were discussed in a previous paper. In this discussion, we report results from a continuing development program to use a microbolometer camera to perform LWIR NUC on an IRSP. Camera instability and temporal response and thermal resolution were the main problems, and have been solved by the implementation of several compensation strategies as well as hardware used to stabilize the camera. In addition, other processes have been developed to allow iterative improvement as well as supporting changes of the post-NUC lookup table without requiring re-collection of the pre-NUC data with the new LUT in use.

Additional Metadata
Keywords IRSP, LFRA, LWIR, Microbolometer, Mirage XL, NUC, Scene projection
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.901620
Conference Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop XVI
Citation
LaVeigne, J. (Joe), Franks, G, Sparkman, K. (Kevin), Prewarski, M. (Marcus), & Nehring, B. (Brian). (2011). Enhanced LWIR NUC using an uncooled microbolometer camera. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. doi:10.1117/12.901620