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RAP opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory     AFRL

Target Phenomenology Modeling and Simulation for Munition Sensors


Munitions Directorate, RW/Advanced Guidance

opportunity location
13.45.03.B7626 Eglin Air Force Base, FL 325426810


name email phone
Rhoe Anthony Thompson 850.883.0867


AFRL/RWG is interested in advancing the state-of-the-art of phenomenology modeling and scene emulation for evaluating imaging sensor response to a variety of target, flowfield, background, and atmospheric effects. Research is elicited to improve current simulation capabilities in terms of radiometric, spatial, and temporal fidelity for the broad range of potential scenarios Air Force systems might operate within. Application of advanced parallel architectures to physical models in order to achieve real-time sensor data rates, techniques for high-fidelity modeling of complicated electro-optical and RF environments, and modeling of complex environments with large numbers of networked sensors are a few examples of areas of interest. Research is also needed to advance hardware-in-the-loop target scene generators, e.g., photonic sources for high-resolution emulation of in-band scenes and reconfigurable techniques for real-time emulation of radio frequency signal returns. Interest areas include infrared light emitting diode (IRLED) arrays, high-resolution spatial light modulation, MEMS structures for emissive sources, panoramic distributed sources for immersive simulation of biomimetic UAVs, and software defined radio techniques for RF target simulators. The general objective of this research topic is to advance technology applicable to sensor testing in digital and hardware-in-the-loop simulation environments.



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Norton, Dennis Thomas Jr.. "Type-II InAs/GaSb superlattice LEDs: applications for infrared scene projector systems." PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) thesis, University of Iowa, 2013

Dennis Crow, Charles Coker, Wayne Keen, "Fast line-of-sight imagery for target and exhaust-plume signatures (FLITES) scene generation program", Proc. SPIE 6208, Technologies for Synthetic Environments: Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing XI, 62080J (16 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.669306

key words
Infrared light emitting diode IRLED; Infrared; Micro-electromechanical systems MEMS; Atmospheric physics; Optical properties; Imaging sensors; Image generation; Graphics processing unit GPU; Phenomenology modeling; RF; Radio frequency; Target simulator; KHILS; Hardware-in-the-loop testing


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


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$80,000.00 $5,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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