ASTM E1543 - 00(2011)

    Standard Test Method for Noise Equivalent Temperature Difference of Thermal Imaging Systems

    Active Standard ASTM E1543 | Developed by Subcommittee: E07.10

    Book of Standards Volume: 03.03


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    Significance and Use

    This test method gives an objective measure of the temperature sensitivity of a thermal imaging system (relative to a standard reference filter) exclusive of a monitor, with emphasis on the detector(s) and preamplifier.

    Note 1—Test values obtained under idealized laboratory conditions may or may not correlate directly with service performance.

    This test method affords a convenient means for periodically monitoring the performance of a given thermal imaging system.

    NETD relates to minimum resolvable temperature difference as described in Test Method E1213. Thus, an increase in NETD may be manifest as a loss of detail in imagery.

    Intercomparisons based solely on NETD figures may be misleading.

    Note 2—NETD depends on various factors such as spectral bandwidth and background temperature.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the noise equivalent temperature difference (NETD; NEΔT) of thermal imaging systems of the conventional forward-looking infrared (FLIR) or other types that utilize an optical-mechanical scanner; it does not include charge-coupled devices or pyroelectric vidicons.

    1.2 Parts of this test method have been formulated under the assumption of a photonic detector(s) at a standard background temperature of 295°K (22°C). Besides nonuniformity, tests made at other background temperatures may result in impairment of precision and bias.

    1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard.

    1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E1213 Test Method for Minimum Resolvable Temperature Difference for Thermal Imaging Systems

    E1316 Terminology for Nondestructive Examinations


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 17.200.20 (Temperature-measuring instruments)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E1543-00R11

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