Feasibility Study of Dynamic Built-In Test/Simulation (DBITS) Using Synthetic In-Band Visible/IR Scenes
Final rept. 24 Nov 97-20 May 98
SANTA BARBARA INFRARED INC CA
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This effort assessed the feasibility of building a Dynamic Built-In Test Simulation DBITS System, based on Santa Barbara Infrareds MIRAGE IR resistive micro emitter array, that provides dynamic imagery to the optical systems in the Armys IBAS sight. Our research involved understanding the IBAS BSA configuration and functionality, BSA optical analysis, the BSAs role in factory testing and BIT, analyzing a DBITS test design, surveying potential visible emitter candidates, and analyzing compact packaging of the MIRAGE emitter and the emitter drive electronics. Our efforts resulted in the selection of a visible emitter, a set of recommended DBITS tests, identification of a potential compact vacuum package for the MIRAGE emitter, presentation of a drive electronics packaging concept. Mechanical and electronic aspects are highly feasible. Design of an appropriate optical system is the biggest challenge. In addition, further research is suggested in the area of non-uniformity correction. A suggested DBITS demonstration system has been defined and a path for the resolution of open technical issues is presented. Potential applications include IR missile and imager testing, testing of laboratory IR imaging systems, PVE systems, military FLIRs, portable testing applications and testing of military training systems.
- Infrared Detection and Detectors