The design and use of imaging extensions
to thermal imaging equipment, as well as designing test equipment
for determining the operating parameters of thermal imagers
is particularly relevent to both military and commercial use
for this technology.
Often, we can extend the use of limited
systems by the addition of extra optics, thus cost effectively
extending the uses of an imager from its intended use to another.
above image shows a panoramic scan system that provides angle
encoded output to extend the horizontal field of view of a standard
thermal imager, without purchasing expensive new infrared lenses."
The performance of all thermal
imaging systems, whether 3-5µm or 8-12µm systems,
can be assessed by measuring the following parameters: