Abstract

Far-infrared outdoor imagery has a lower contrast in the morning/afternoon relative to the highest contrast, which is observed at 14:00. Millimeter-wave (mmW) imagery can also follow this pattern. However, in this paper, we show that the opposite can occur for mmW imagery, wherein a higher contrast can occur in the morning/afternoon and lower contrast at 14:00. To this end, we show that a wood and rubber sample are observed to have a difference in mmW radiometric temperature of 17°C at 9:00 and a difference of only 7°C at 14:00. Details of our observations are presented.

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