Operational experience and research directions in military night vision equipment

Johnson, C.W. (2008) Operational experience and research directions in military night vision equipment. Defence Management Journal, 42, pp. 110-114.

Full text not currently available from Enlighten.

Publisher's URL: http://www.defencemanagement.com/journal_contents.asp?id=354


Over the last twenty years, significant progress has been made in the technical development of night vision equipment. There are a number of different approaches. Image intensifiers amplify ambient light so that it can be presented via phosphor displays including those embedded within night vision goggles. This technology relies upon light from the stars or moon, as well as from man-made sources, such as the background light generated from cities. These applications are, typically, light weight and low cost. They are suitable for individual soldiers using head-mounted or weapon-based attachments. However, there are disadvantages. For instance, individuals can become dazzled and disoriented when systems fail to react fast enough when they are exposed to bright sources of light, such as the beams of a truck. Current research on image intensification focuses on improving the response to longer wavelength signals, on increasing the sensitivity and reducing the noise generated during the amplification process and on improving the presentation of images through increasing the field of view and available resolution.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Johnson, Professor Chris
Authors: Johnson, C.W.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Journal Name:Defence Management Journal
Publisher:PCSA International
Published Online:01 January 2008

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record