This course covers the analysis and conceptual design of practical electro-optical (EO) systems. Although EO technology is emphasized, the fundamentals of radiometry and optical radiation are also described to provide an understanding of the essential physics, whereas background characterization and atmospheric propagation are only briefly covered. Basic EO system component performance is characterized parametrically for detection, tracking, communications, and imaging. Passive (infrared imaging) and active (laser radar and laser communication systems) are stressed. Components considered in these systems include basic telescopes and optics, focal plane arrays, laser diodes, photodiode receivers, and laser scanners.

Course prerequisites: 

615.751 Modern Optics or the equivalent.

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