Thermal Imaging for Target Signature
Range phenomenology or Target Signature, as it applies to thermal cameras, involves their use to solve complex engineering problems that go beyond the simple detection of heat sources and their temperatures.
An F-15 jet fighter getting ready for take-off.
Jet engine testing.
Generally, this requires high levels of sensitivity and accuracy, which are available in FLIR’s cameras using advanced sensor technologies, some of which are cooled. Such camera technology is combined with sophisticated software to measure, characterize, or otherwise describe phenomena such as distance to a target object, its size, shape, inherent heat energy, and of course, temperature.
Some specific applications, particularly in the military/aerospace communities include target recognition and detection, infrared counter measures, plume and atmospheric phenomenology, and various types of non-destructive testing.