Abstract

In uncooled long-wave infrared (LWIR) microbolometer imaging systems, temperature fluctuations of the focal plane array (FPA) result in thermal drift and spatial nonuniformity. In this paper, we present a novel approach based on single-image processing to simultaneously estimate temperature variances of FPAs and compensate the resulting temperature-dependent nonuniformity. Through well-controlled thermal calibrations, empirical behavioral models are derived to characterize the relationship between the responses of microbolometer and FPA temperature variations. Then, under the assumption that strong dependency exists between spatially adjacent pixels, we estimate the optimal FPA temperature so as to minimize the global intensity variance across the entire thermal infrared image. We make use of the estimated FPA temperature to infer an appropriate nonuniformity correction (NUC) profile. The performance and robustness of the proposed temperature-adaptive NUC method are evaluated on realistic IR images obtained by a 640×512 pixels uncooled LWIR microbolometer imaging system operating in a significantly changed temperature environment.

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2013 (1)

P. W. Nugent, J. A. Shaw, and N. J. Pust, “Correcting for focal-plane-array temperature dependence in microbolometer infrared cameras lacking thermal stabilization,” Opt. Eng. 52, 061304 (2013).
[CrossRef]

2012 (1)

J. Nazemi, J. Battaglia, R. Brubaker, M. Delamere, and C. Martin, “A low-power, TEC-less, 1280 × 1024, compact SWIR camera with temperature-dependent, non-uniformity corrections,” Proc. SPIE 8353, 83530B (2012).
[CrossRef]

2010 (3)

J. Laveigne, G. Franks, K. Sparkman, M. Prewarski, B. Nehring, and S. McHugh, “LWIR NUC using an uncooled microbolometer camera,” Proc. SPIE 7663, 766306 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Y. Tendero, J. Gilles, S. Landeau, and J. Morel, “Efficient single image non-uniformity correction algorithm,” Proc. SPIE 7834, 78340E (2010).
[CrossRef]

W. Qian, Q. Chen, G. Gu, and Z. Guan, “Correction method for stripe nonuniformity,” Appl. Opt. 49, 1764–1773 (2010).
[CrossRef]

2009 (1)

G. Bieszczada, T. Orzanowskia, T. Sosnowskia, and M. Kasteka, “Method of detectors offset correction in thermovision camera with uncooled microbolometric focal plane array,” Proc. SPIE 7481, 74810O (2009).
[CrossRef]

2003 (1)

2000 (1)

1999 (2)

M. M. Hayat, S. N. Torres, E. Armstrong, S. C. Cain, and B. Yasuda, “Statistical algorithm for nonuniformity correction in focal-plane arrays,” Appl. Opt. 38, 772–780 (1999).
[CrossRef]

J. G. Harris and Y.-M. Chiang, “Nonuniformity correction of infrared image sequences using the constant-statistics constraint,” IEEE Trans. Image Process. 8, 1148–1151 (1999).
[CrossRef]

1993 (1)

D. L. Perry and E. L. Dereniak, “Linear theory of nonuniformity correction in infrared staring sensors,” Opt. Eng. 32, 1854–1859 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Armstrong, E.

Armstrong, E. E.

Battaglia, J.

J. Nazemi, J. Battaglia, R. Brubaker, M. Delamere, and C. Martin, “A low-power, TEC-less, 1280 × 1024, compact SWIR camera with temperature-dependent, non-uniformity corrections,” Proc. SPIE 8353, 83530B (2012).
[CrossRef]

Bieszczada, G.

G. Bieszczada, T. Orzanowskia, T. Sosnowskia, and M. Kasteka, “Method of detectors offset correction in thermovision camera with uncooled microbolometric focal plane array,” Proc. SPIE 7481, 74810O (2009).
[CrossRef]

Brubaker, R.

J. Nazemi, J. Battaglia, R. Brubaker, M. Delamere, and C. Martin, “A low-power, TEC-less, 1280 × 1024, compact SWIR camera with temperature-dependent, non-uniformity corrections,” Proc. SPIE 8353, 83530B (2012).
[CrossRef]

Cain, S. C.

Chen, Q.

Chiang, Y.-M.

J. G. Harris and Y.-M. Chiang, “Nonuniformity correction of infrared image sequences using the constant-statistics constraint,” IEEE Trans. Image Process. 8, 1148–1151 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Delamere, M.

J. Nazemi, J. Battaglia, R. Brubaker, M. Delamere, and C. Martin, “A low-power, TEC-less, 1280 × 1024, compact SWIR camera with temperature-dependent, non-uniformity corrections,” Proc. SPIE 8353, 83530B (2012).
[CrossRef]

Dereniak, E. L.

D. L. Perry and E. L. Dereniak, “Linear theory of nonuniformity correction in infrared staring sensors,” Opt. Eng. 32, 1854–1859 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Franks, G.

J. Laveigne, G. Franks, K. Sparkman, M. Prewarski, B. Nehring, and S. McHugh, “LWIR NUC using an uncooled microbolometer camera,” Proc. SPIE 7663, 766306 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Gilles, J.

Y. Tendero, J. Gilles, S. Landeau, and J. Morel, “Efficient single image non-uniformity correction algorithm,” Proc. SPIE 7834, 78340E (2010).
[CrossRef]

Gu, G.

Guan, Z.

Hardie, R. C.

Harris, J. G.

J. G. Harris and Y.-M. Chiang, “Nonuniformity correction of infrared image sequences using the constant-statistics constraint,” IEEE Trans. Image Process. 8, 1148–1151 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Hayat, M. M.

Kasteka, M.

G. Bieszczada, T. Orzanowskia, T. Sosnowskia, and M. Kasteka, “Method of detectors offset correction in thermovision camera with uncooled microbolometric focal plane array,” Proc. SPIE 7481, 74810O (2009).
[CrossRef]

Landeau, S.

Y. Tendero, J. Gilles, S. Landeau, and J. Morel, “Efficient single image non-uniformity correction algorithm,” Proc. SPIE 7834, 78340E (2010).
[CrossRef]

Laveigne, J.

J. Laveigne, G. Franks, K. Sparkman, M. Prewarski, B. Nehring, and S. McHugh, “LWIR NUC using an uncooled microbolometer camera,” Proc. SPIE 7663, 766306 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Martin, C.

J. Nazemi, J. Battaglia, R. Brubaker, M. Delamere, and C. Martin, “A low-power, TEC-less, 1280 × 1024, compact SWIR camera with temperature-dependent, non-uniformity corrections,” Proc. SPIE 8353, 83530B (2012).
[CrossRef]

McHugh, S.

J. Laveigne, G. Franks, K. Sparkman, M. Prewarski, B. Nehring, and S. McHugh, “LWIR NUC using an uncooled microbolometer camera,” Proc. SPIE 7663, 766306 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Morel, J.

Y. Tendero, J. Gilles, S. Landeau, and J. Morel, “Efficient single image non-uniformity correction algorithm,” Proc. SPIE 7834, 78340E (2010).
[CrossRef]

Nazemi, J.

J. Nazemi, J. Battaglia, R. Brubaker, M. Delamere, and C. Martin, “A low-power, TEC-less, 1280 × 1024, compact SWIR camera with temperature-dependent, non-uniformity corrections,” Proc. SPIE 8353, 83530B (2012).
[CrossRef]

Nehring, B.

J. Laveigne, G. Franks, K. Sparkman, M. Prewarski, B. Nehring, and S. McHugh, “LWIR NUC using an uncooled microbolometer camera,” Proc. SPIE 7663, 766306 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Nugent, P. W.

P. W. Nugent, J. A. Shaw, and N. J. Pust, “Correcting for focal-plane-array temperature dependence in microbolometer infrared cameras lacking thermal stabilization,” Opt. Eng. 52, 061304 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Orzanowskia, T.

G. Bieszczada, T. Orzanowskia, T. Sosnowskia, and M. Kasteka, “Method of detectors offset correction in thermovision camera with uncooled microbolometric focal plane array,” Proc. SPIE 7481, 74810O (2009).
[CrossRef]

Perry, D. L.

D. L. Perry and E. L. Dereniak, “Linear theory of nonuniformity correction in infrared staring sensors,” Opt. Eng. 32, 1854–1859 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Pezoa, J. E.

Prewarski, M.

J. Laveigne, G. Franks, K. Sparkman, M. Prewarski, B. Nehring, and S. McHugh, “LWIR NUC using an uncooled microbolometer camera,” Proc. SPIE 7663, 766306 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Pust, N. J.

P. W. Nugent, J. A. Shaw, and N. J. Pust, “Correcting for focal-plane-array temperature dependence in microbolometer infrared cameras lacking thermal stabilization,” Opt. Eng. 52, 061304 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Qian, W.

Shaw, J. A.

P. W. Nugent, J. A. Shaw, and N. J. Pust, “Correcting for focal-plane-array temperature dependence in microbolometer infrared cameras lacking thermal stabilization,” Opt. Eng. 52, 061304 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Sosnowskia, T.

G. Bieszczada, T. Orzanowskia, T. Sosnowskia, and M. Kasteka, “Method of detectors offset correction in thermovision camera with uncooled microbolometric focal plane array,” Proc. SPIE 7481, 74810O (2009).
[CrossRef]

Sparkman, K.

J. Laveigne, G. Franks, K. Sparkman, M. Prewarski, B. Nehring, and S. McHugh, “LWIR NUC using an uncooled microbolometer camera,” Proc. SPIE 7663, 766306 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Tendero, Y.

Y. Tendero, J. Gilles, S. Landeau, and J. Morel, “Efficient single image non-uniformity correction algorithm,” Proc. SPIE 7834, 78340E (2010).
[CrossRef]

Torres, S. N.

Yasuda, B.

Appl. Opt. (4)

IEEE Trans. Image Process. (1)

J. G. Harris and Y.-M. Chiang, “Nonuniformity correction of infrared image sequences using the constant-statistics constraint,” IEEE Trans. Image Process. 8, 1148–1151 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Eng. (2)

P. W. Nugent, J. A. Shaw, and N. J. Pust, “Correcting for focal-plane-array temperature dependence in microbolometer infrared cameras lacking thermal stabilization,” Opt. Eng. 52, 061304 (2013).
[CrossRef]

D. L. Perry and E. L. Dereniak, “Linear theory of nonuniformity correction in infrared staring sensors,” Opt. Eng. 32, 1854–1859 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Proc. SPIE (4)

J. Nazemi, J. Battaglia, R. Brubaker, M. Delamere, and C. Martin, “A low-power, TEC-less, 1280 × 1024, compact SWIR camera with temperature-dependent, non-uniformity corrections,” Proc. SPIE 8353, 83530B (2012).
[CrossRef]

G. Bieszczada, T. Orzanowskia, T. Sosnowskia, and M. Kasteka, “Method of detectors offset correction in thermovision camera with uncooled microbolometric focal plane array,” Proc. SPIE 7481, 74810O (2009).
[CrossRef]

J. Laveigne, G. Franks, K. Sparkman, M. Prewarski, B. Nehring, and S. McHugh, “LWIR NUC using an uncooled microbolometer camera,” Proc. SPIE 7663, 766306 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Y. Tendero, J. Gilles, S. Landeau, and J. Morel, “Efficient single image non-uniformity correction algorithm,” Proc. SPIE 7834, 78340E (2010).
[CrossRef]

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