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5 October 2011 MR-i: high-speed dual-cameras hyperspectral imaging FTS
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From scientific research to deployable operational solutions, Fourier-Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroradiometry is widely used for the development and enhancement of military and research applications. These techniques include targets IR signature characterization, development of advanced camouflage techniques, aircraft engine's plumes monitoring, meteorological sounding and atmospheric composition analysis such as detection and identification of chemical threats. Imaging FT-IR spectrometers have the capability of generating 3D images composed of multiple spectra associated with every pixel of the mapped scene. That data allow for accurate spatial characterization of target's signature by resolving spatially the spectral characteristics of the observed scenes. MR-i is the most recent addition to the MR product line series and generates spectral data cubes in the MWIR and LWIR. The instrument is designed to acquire the spectral signature of various scenes with high temporal, spatial and spectral resolution. The four port architecture of the interferometer brings modularity and upgradeability since the two output ports of the instrument can be populated with different combinations of detectors (imaging or not). For instance to measure over a broad spectral range from 1.3 to 13 μm, one output port can be equipped with a LWIR camera while the other port is equipped with a MWIR camera. Both ports can be equipped with cameras serving the same spectral range but set at different sensitivity levels in order to increase the measurement dynamic range and avoid saturation of bright parts of the scene while simultaneously obtaining good measurement of the faintest parts of the scene. Various telescope options are available for the input port. Overview of the instrument capabilities will be presented as well as test results and results from field trials for a configuration with two MWIR cameras. That specific system is dedicated to the characterization of airborne targets. The expanded dynamic range allowed by the two MWIR cameras enables to simultaneously measure the spectral signature of the cold background and of the warmest elements of the scene (flares, jet engines exhausts, etc.).
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Florent Prel, Louis Moreau, Stéphane Lantagne, Claude Roy, Christian Vallières, and Luc Lévesque "MR-i: high-speed dual-cameras hyperspectral imaging FTS", Proc. SPIE 8186, Electro-Optical Remote Sensing, Photonic Technologies, and Applications V, 81860E (5 October 2011);

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