Survey of Electromagnetic Sensors and Detection

Course #PC3200

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


A survey of the physics of active and passive electromagnetic sensor technologies and detection methods used in surface, air, space, and undersea warfare. Topics include basic radiometry; detector figures of merit and noise characteristics; types of visible and infrared detectors; radar basics, including modes of detection, range resolution, target cross-sections, and the range equation; and magnetometry basics and detectors. Applications of these topics to combat systems will be discussed, including optical and thermal imaging, heat signatures, magnetic signatures, night vision, target/background discrimination, and missile seekers.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the types of electromagnetic (EM) radiation and corresponding sensors used on naval platforms
  • Understand the physical mechanisms of detection for optical, infrared, and thermal sensors
  • Understand noise mechanisms and performance metrics of photodetectors
  • Understand the trade-offs between detector signal-to-noise ratio and speed
  • Understand how different spectral regions of the EM spectrum can be exploited
  • Identify the sources for and estimate the strength of magnetic signatures
  • Describe the tradeoffs in radar system design and performance
  • Understand the concept of radar cross section
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Academic Calendar

  •  09 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter last day of classes

  •  13 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter final examinations begin

  •  15 Jun 2023

    Spring quarter final examinations end