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Activity title

Simulation of Active Imaging Systems

Activity Reference

SET-219

Panel

Sensors & Electronics Technology

Security Classification

NATO UNCLASSIFIED

Status

Awaiting Publication

Activity type

RTG

Start date

2015

End date

2018

Keywords

2D3D IMAGING, ACTIVE SENSOR, IMAGING SIMULATION, LADAR, LASER ILLUMINATION, SCATTERING, SCINTILLATION, SPECKLE, TURBULENCE, VISLWIR

Background

Active EO-IR imaging systems are being developed and investigated for their ability to significantly improve target acquisition, particularly under adverse environmental (land/sea/air) conditions. Accurate simulation tools can aid in the design and development, as well as the performance assessment, of active imaging systems. Currently available imaging models are limited in their ability to accurately represent active imaging system phenomenology in full simulations. These efforts benefit from joint NATO cooperation.

Objectives

The primary objectives are the joint review of existing active imaging system simulations, to evaluate their utility, to identify their capability gaps, and to aid their advanced development. In this context, simulation is understood to mean the generation of synthetic image sequences that include laser illumination/environmental/sensor system parameters.

Topics

The effort will cover the simulation of active imaging systems in visible through the infrared spectral bands. This will include physics-based simulation and theoretical analysis of active imaging systems and associated phenomenology in the context of military applications.

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