Performing a good non-uniformity correction is a key part of achieving optimal performance from an infrared scene projector. Ideally, NUC will be performed in the same band in which the scene projector will be used. Cooled, large format MWIR cameras are readily available and have been successfully used to perform NUC, however, 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. Santa Barbara Infrared, Inc. reports progress on a continuing development program to use a microbolometer camera to perform LWIR NUC on an IRSP. Camera instability and temporal response and thermal resolution are the main difficulties. A discussion of processes developed to mitigate these issues follows.

IRSP, LFRA, LWIR, microbolometer, Mirage XL, NUC, Scene Projection
Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing XV
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LaVeigne, J. (Joe), Franks, G, Sparkman, K. (Kevin), Prewarski, M. (Marcus), Nehring, B. (Brian), & McHugh, S. (Steve). (2010). LWIR NUC using an uncooled microbolometer camera. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. doi:10.1117/12.850524