Accession Number:

ADA415366

Title:

Flashblindness and Glare Modeling of Optical Radiation

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1997-2003

Corporate Author:

NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP SAN ANTONIO TX INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

47.0

Abstract:

This paper reports on a mathematical model of the visual effects of optical radiation. This model is a part of the AFRLHEDO Laser Threat Modeling Component LTMC laser hazard bioeffects application. It estimates the temporary reduction in visual sensitivity caused by non-damaging optical radiation sources, especially lasers. Even at low power lasers produce intense radiation that can significantly disrupt visual function. The model analyzes the factors involved in a laser exposure incident including the optical exposure parameters, the role of atmospheric attenuation, the ambient environment, the optics of the eye, and the visual task. The scientific bases of the algorithms are presented and the appropriate research literature is reviewed. The strengths and weaknesses of the approaches are compared and evaluated in terms of their applicability to AF optical radiation concerns.

Subject Categories:

  • Radiobiology
  • Weapons Effects (Biological)
  • Lasers and Masers

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE