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ATI's Modern Infrared Sensor Technology course

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      This is a comprehensive 3-day course designed for engineers, managers, and marketers of defense industries and small businesses who wish to enhance their understanding of infrared (IR) technology, and improve their knowledge in infrared sensors, or skills in advocating for IR technology development. The practical aspect of modern infrared detector physics and design principles are given in simple terms. Different IR materials, detectors and focal plane arrays (FPAs) will be presented with comparisons of the strong and weak points of each material for different applications. Examples of IR sensors for ballistic missile defense kill vehicles and surveillance systems will be given. Some knowledge of semiconductor device physics will be helpful, but not required.


      Dr. Meimei Z Tidrow has over twenty five years of experience in IR sensor technology development, including IR material research, detector design and modeling, device processing, sensor integration and system applications. She is well recognized in the IR field and has made important contributions to the development of the most advanced IR sensors. She serves many international advisory and program committees. She has given over 60 invited and contributed speeches at international conferences, workshops, seminars and colloquiums in the IR technology area. She has published over 100 journal and conference publications, one book chapter and holds 4 patents. Dr. Tidrow is a Military Sensing Symposium (MSS) Fellow and a SPIE Fellow. Dr. Tidrow holds the highest technical rank ST (Senior Technical Professional) in US government and is the Chief Scientist for FPAs at the US Army Night Vision Lab in the IR focal plane array area. Prior to joining the Army, Dr. Tidrow was a ST at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) as the Technical Advisor to the Director of the Advanced Technology Directorate of MDA and managed the Passive EO/IR Technology Program. Before that she was a physicist and uncooled infrared detector team lead at Army Research Lab.

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    What you will learn:

    • How IR detectors work, and simple design rules
    • How to compare different IR sensor materials and decide which one to use
    • How space IR sensors are different from terrestrial IR sensors.
    • Why is IR so important to space and missile defense
    • What is the latest in IR sensor material and FPA development
    • What kind of IR sensors current ballistic missile defense systems use and what are expected for future upgrades

    Focus Sentence:

      Learn the state-of-the-art and get smart on IR technology!

    Course Outline:

    1. Introduction: IR in the electromagnetic spectrum and IR signatures. The importance of IR technology to commercial markets, military systems and missile defense. FLIR, scanning and staring IR systems.

    2. Infrared fundamentals: What is blackbody radiation, how does the temperature of a target relate to its radiation wavelength? What is a blackbody, grey-body, and a non-grey-body?

    3. Infrared detection fundamentals: What is a thermal detector? What is a photon detector? How do they work? What are the figures of merit of IR detectors? Why some detectors are cooled while others are room temperature (called uncooled)? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each detection mechanism?

    4. Infrared detectors: What IR materials are used mostly in current IR systems? How do HgCdTe and InSb detectors work? How does quantum well infrared photodetector (QWIP) work? How does the extrinsic silicon detector work? How does the IR bolometer work? How does the ferroelectric detector work? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each material and each detector? How to design an IR detector?

    5. Infrared FPAs: How are IR FPAs manufactured? What are the figures-of-the merit of IR FPAs? What is the state-of-the art of IR FPAs?

    6. Multi-color IR FPAs: What are multi-color IR FPAs? How to design multi-color IR FPAs? How important are temporal and spatial co-registration? What IR materials are suitable for multi-color FPAs? What is the state-of-the-art? What are the advantages? How many colors are enough?

    7. Type II Strained Layer Superlattice: A new IR material that has potential to be a IR material choice for future space and other military IR systems.

    8. Infrared systems: Critical sensing components, IR FPA chip assembly, ROIC, cryocoolers, Optics, and processing electronics. Examples of current IR systems for commercial and military systems.

    9. Infrared systems for space: What is the atmosphere made of? How does the atmosphere affect IR sensors? What is the challenge of IR in space? How do IR sensors affect satellite orbit design? What happens when looking up, or looking down? How to eliminate earth shine? Why current IR systems have difficulty meeting requirements for space.

    10. Infrared systems for missile defense: IR sensors and ballistic missile defense. Sensors to be expected in the future. Examples: Ground-based midcourse (GMD), Aegis BMD, Airborne Laser (ABL), THAAD, and STSS.


      Tuition for this three-day course is $1740 per person at one of our scheduled public courses. Onsite pricing is available. Please call us at 410-956-8805 or email us at