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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Electro-Optic Sensors for Seekers

Location

Munitions Directorate, RW/Weapons Engagement

RO# Location
13.45.04.B7894 Eglin Air Force Base, FL 325426810

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Keyser, Christian Keith christian.keyser.1@us.af.mil 850.882.4184

Description

Electro-optic sensors for seekers require low cost, size, weight, and power (CSWaP) architectures and components that meet demanding performance requirements. LADAR sensors are being studied for seeker applications to enable autonomous vehicle navigation, reconnaissance, and automatic target recognition. LADAR sensors are uniquely suited for these needs in that they are able to produce 3-D images of targets, scan varying fields of view, and measure the optical response of targets improving target-clutter discrimination and target identification (ID).

Areas of interest include: (1) Identification of signatures for target-clutter discrimination and target ID. Signatures may include spectral, polarimetric, spectropolarimetric, or other. (2) Novel high power lasers or nonlinear optical conversion techniques that can improve LADAR performance. Areas of research may include high efficiency, higher power, multispectral, wavelength agile, waveform agile, or other types of lasers. (3) Novel LADAR architectures and optical detection techniques. Areas of research may include techniques to achieve the desired range performance with limited aperture size or laser power, techniques to enable field-of-view and resolution agility, techniques to provide improved target identification through target optical signatures, or techniques to reduce CSWaP of target optical signature measuring LADAR, or other.

 

Keywords:
Laser; Nonlinear optics; Laser radar; Automatic target recognition; Electro-optic imaging; Spectropolarimetric imaging; Electro-optic sensor;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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