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Electro-Optical/Infrared Sensor Engineering

Electro-Optical/Infrared Sensor Engineering

October 5 - 28, 2020 | Mondays, & Wednesdays | 13:00-16:00 PM EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC)

Electro-Optical/Infrared Sensor Engineering - Live Web Course

When: October 5 - 28, 2020 | Mondays, & Wednesdays | 13:00-16:00 PM EDT (17:00 – 20:00 UTC)

Where: Live Web Course - No Travel Required

Course Length: 24 hours total - delivered across 8 sessions of 3-hours each. Each session contains lecture and practical problems.

  • PLEASE NOTE: This course will be delivered through Adobe Connect. Each session will be recorded and made available to all registrants for 30 days after the course. If you miss a session or two, you can catch up by viewing the recording! To ensure your computer system has access to Adobe Connect, please test your system HERE.


This course presents the fundamentals of electro-optical (EO) & infrared (IR) sensor technology, its analysis and its application to military search, track and imaging systems. Electronic warfare (electronic attack and electronic protection) are emphasized. The course begins by studying the various classes of targets and their optical radiation characteristics including their radiant exitance and emissivity. Blackbody and graybody radiant exitance values are determined and Planck’s radiation formula is emphasized. External radiation sources are also examined including the sun, lamps and lasers. Surface reflectivity is then defined as a fraction of the irradiance at the surface that is reflected. Spectral signatures of jet nozzles and plumes are also emphasized. This is followed by examining the IR radiation transmission through the atmosphere and quantifying the optical properties of the atmosphere including the spectral, spatial and temporal radiant flux variations important in the detection and discrimination of target signatures. Rayleigh scattering and aerosol (or Mie) scattering are emphasized. Atmospheric turbulence is also treated. The effect of obscurants on the transmittance is analyzed and the effect of the extinction ratio determined. The modulation transfer function is determined as a function of spatial frequencies. The design of surface and airborne EO/IR search and track systems and their performance and analysis for several types of targets are considered as a function of the spectral, spatial and temporal discrimination techniques being used. Electronic attack against EO/IR sensors including flares, obscurations, flash and laser systems are highlighted and measures to be taken for protection are emphasized.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended primarily for engineers and scientists interested in the technology and design of infrared (IR) and electro-optical (EO) sensors and the electronic attack (EA) used against them. Attendees should have knowledge of the frequency spectrum and mathematics through calculus. Some probability and signal detection theory will also be helpful. Example problems are worked out to demonstrate the concepts and further the understanding of the material being presented. Some MATLAB programs are used to help students clarify difficult concepts.

Required Course Materials


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AOC Members - $1600

Non AOC Members - $1650

  • NOTE: Each registration is for one (1) participant ONLY. Distributing your registration URL or allowing others to participate in this course with you or under your account is grounds for removal from the course without refund of any kind.

Dr. Phillip E. Pace is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School. He received the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Ohio University in 1983 and 1986 respectively, and the Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1990 | all in electrical and computer engineering.

Dr. Phillip E. Pace

With over 13,000 members internationally, the Association of Old Crows is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities. The Association of Old Crows provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields.