A Versatile Hybrid MWIR Scene Projector for Testing of Advanced Focal Plane Arrays

Physical Sciences Inc has been awarded a contract from the US Air Force to develop a versatile next generation high dynamic range (HDR) infrared scene projector (IRSP) that combines a flickerless, wide field of view (WFOV) channel with an overlaid, foveated, high-intensity, narrow field of view (NFOV) channel.

Both of these channels employ digital micromirror devices (DMDs) as spatial light modulators with thermal IR and broadband quantum cascade laser illumination sources in WFOV and NFOV channels, respectively. The configuration offers unprecedented dynamic range (32-bits) over a large spatial effective format (~3600 X 3600) at 100 Hz frame rate with high apparent temperature (>3000K). The technology platform is capable of projecting dynamic, high brightness, high contrast, complex scenes onto advanced sensor technologies that include always-integrating, digital-pixel, HDR, coded access optical sensor, and foveated focal plane arrays in hardware-in-the-loop training and testing scenarios.

PSI’s IRSP technology will enable training and testing of the next generation of electro optical/infrared sensors including missile warning systems with higher fidelity, brighter, higher contrast, and higher frame rate scenes than supported by currently available IRSP systems.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Julia Dupuis
Vice President, Tactical Systems
Physical Sciences Inc.
Telephone: (978) 689-0003