Experimental comparison of three target acquisition models

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The role of the atmosphere in target acquisition modeling is investigated experimentally. Three models are compared to experimental results measured on the Golan heights, Israel. Concepts considered are atmospheric attenuation verses atmospheric blur, and contrast limited (blur-limited) versus noise-limited imaging. Results indicate that the role of the atmosphere in target acquisition is blur rather than attenuation, and that for ranges on the order of a few kilometers modern sensors are limited by atmospheric blur rather than by noise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-77
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1997
EventAirborne Reconnaissance XXI - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 29 Jul 199730 Jul 1997


  • Aerosols
  • Atmospheric optics
  • Blur
  • Contrast
  • Light scatter
  • Modulation transfer function
  • Target acquisition
  • Thermal imaging
  • Turbulence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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