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Tracking and identifying

  • Radar [r]: (acronym for "radio detection and ranging") A technique used for detecting and tracking targets, navigation, imagery, and special applications. [e]
  • Electro-optical tracking [r]: The use of electronics, possibly in combination with mechanical positioning systems, to aim an optical system at a source of infrared, visible, or ultraviolet light, and follow it for purposes of observation or weapons guidance [e]
  • Photography [r]: Art and science of capturing an image on a light sensitive material. [e]
  • Spectrometry [r]: Spectroscopy is the study of interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter in those cases where the interaction causes transitions between the allowed states of matter. Spectrometry is the quantitative measurement of spectroscopic signal amplitudes. Light scattering also involves interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter, however, in light scattering the energy of the electromagnetic field is NOT absorbed by matter (it is scattered). [e]
  • Electro-optical MASINT [r]: A subdiscipline of measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT), which has similarities to but complements imagery intelligence (IMINT); it does not form images, but validates them and produces information on phenomena that emit, absorb, or reflect electromagnetic energy in the infrared, visible light, or ultraviolet spectra, where the value is knowledge of the type of energy detected [e]