Thermal image target acquisition probabilities in the presence of vibrations Academic Article uri icon


  • Abstract The effects of low frequency mechanical vibrations on thermal imaging target acquisition are considered. A model is described that takes as input mechanical vibration data such as amplitude and frequency as well as the physical characteristics of the target. The output is the probability of detection as a function of time. Analysis indicates that even low amplitude vibration greatly affects the predicted target detection times and ranges and, hence, the utility of IR systems in realistic scenarios.

publication date

  • January 1, 1995