Infrared Technology and Applications - Open Access

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Infrared Technology and Applications - Open Access

Course Description

   In the Infrared Technology and Applications - Open Access course, you will explore infrared systems engineering with an emphasis on military systems. Examine problem-solving, design, and analysis techniques with emphasis on experience-based rules of thumb and develop a perspective for assessing the promise of new infrared technologies. Not only will you gain an understanding of how infrared and electro-optical systems operate, but also key physical principles, performance limitations of current infrared systems, issues pacing the development of new systems, and key component technologies.

  This course is also available in a two-part format at the Restricted Access level for contract offerings at DoD and DoD contractor facilities:

These courses can be purchased separately or together. For more information contact Terence Haran.

Course Content


  • Principles of infrared radiation and target signatures
  • Comparisons of spectral bands used for imaging
  • Impact of environmental conditions on infrared sensors


  • Infrared sensor design principles through 3rd Generation devices
  • Sensors that utilize ambient light or active illumination (LIDAR)
  • Video examples from numerous imaging systems


  • Imaging and non-imaging seeker design approaches
  • Guidance laws and tracking concepts for seekers, including countermeasure implications
  • Current and future trends in infrared search and track (IRST) and seeker technology


  • Infrared optical design and impacts on system performance
  • Infrared detector technology and focal plane arrays
  • Video tracker techniques and implementations


  • Evaluation tools and key metrics for modeling imaging systems
  • Techniques for analyzing imaging system range performance
  • Approaches to systems engineering for electro-optical and infrared systems
Requirements & Materials


  • Degree in science, math or engineering



  • Notebook of course charts with associated notes

Session Details

  • Special Discounts: Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) employees are eligible to receive a discount.  If you are a GTRI employee, please go to the Organizational Development website and look for the coupon code under GT Professional Development. Review coupon instructions for more information.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for engineers, scientists, technical managers, marketers, procurement decision-makers, and military planners.

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What You Will Learn

  • Basic concepts and physics underlying infrared technology
  • Key systems engineering principles for design and performance of infrared and electro-optical sensors
  • Design and operating principles for electro-optical and infrared imaging systems
  • Infrared seeker and infrared search-and-track (IRST) system technology
  • Key component technologies used in electro-optical and infrared sensors
  • Evaluation tools for modeling electro-optical and infrared systems
  • Methodologies for analyzing sensor performance
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How You Will Benefit

  • Describe the operating principles of infrared systems.
  • Explain the major functions and components of an infrared system.
  • Explain the differences between forward looking infrareds (FLIRs), infrared search and tracks, night vision goggles, and missile seeker types.
  • Explain the goals and promise of advanced generation sensors.
  • Predict graybody radiation signatures.
  • Describe the differences between cooled and uncooled detectors.
  • Predict FLIR target acquisition and seeker lock-on range.
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The course schedule was well-structured with a mix of lectures, class discussions, and hands-on exercises led by knowledgeable and engaging instructors.

- Abe Kani


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