Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems

Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems

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This chapter deals with the flight testing of electro-optical (EO) systems (e.g., day television [TV], image intensification [I2] systems, etc.) and infrared (IR) systems (e.g., forward-looking infrared [FLIR], IR line scanners, etc.). There have been vast improvements in both of these types of systems as a result of miniaturization, production techniques, and processing technology since their introduction to the military world in the 1960s. As accuracies in detection and identification improve, the method of testing these systems becomes more exact. As with radar testing, the evaluator must be cognizant of the target environment and how changes in this environment alter the results of testing.

Chapter Contents:

  • 7.0 Introduction
  • 7.1 Infrared History
  • 7.2 IR Radiation Fundamentals
  • 7.3 IR Sources
  • 7.4 The Thermal Process
  • 7.5 Atmospheric Propagation of Radiation
  • 7.6 Target Signatures
  • 7.7 EO Components and Performance Requirements
  • 7.8 Passive EO Devices
  • 7.9 Laser Systems
  • 7.10 Passive EO Flight Test Evaluations
  • 7.11 Active EO Systems
  • 7.12 Selected Questions for Chapter 7

Inspec keywords: infrared imaging; military radar; electro-optical devices; aerospace testing

Other keywords: forward-looking infrared; flight testing; infrared systems; day television; image intensification systems; electro-optical systems; IR line scanners; military world; radar testing; target environment

Subjects: Image sensors; Electro-optical devices; Aerospace testing and simulation

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