Night Vision Aids for Counterinsurgency
Annual rept. no. 1, 3 Mar 1966-3 Mar 1967
MICHIGAN UNIV ANN ARBOR INST OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
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The first years effort was devoted primarily to a measured buildup of staff and accumulation of background information for use in the continuing program. A library of technical reports was assembled and catalogued. Target and background data were assembled and reviewed for application to the problems of night vision. Also collected were data concerning the characteristics of illumination from the night sky. Investigation of the ability to predict target visibility from these data was initiated. Currently, plans for field evaluation of the EYEGLASS and Wide Field of View Starlight Scope WFOV devices are being prepared preliminary field experiments with EYEGLASS are underway. As part of an investigation of visual differences among people in different parts of the world, a subcontract is being negotiated with the American University of Beirut AUB for a survey of visual acuity and dark adaptation among their students. Relationships among the various means of measuring acuity are being investigated in order to select the techniques most useful in predicting night-viewing performance under real-world conditions. An experimental color-viewing device that operates at low light levels is also being investigated. Plans for the coming year include completion of the preliminary field measurements on EYEGLASS and WFOV and initiation of the evaluative tests by ARPA, active work on the AUB subcontract and a related measurement program at WRL, field work to develop relationships between field performances and measured characteristics, and experimental work with the color-viewing device.
- Anatomy and Physiology
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- Optical Detection and Detectors