This module can only be taken as part of the Expeditionary Warfare Systems Engineering and Technology MSc (USA).

To introduce the student to the field of EO/IR technology and give an understanding the underlying principles. To give an appreciation of the likely future advances in the technology and the importance of EO/IR technology in the wider defence system.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 08 - 12 Dec 2025
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationNSWC Crane, Indiana, USA

Course structure

Lectures and Tutorials

What you will learn

On successful completion of this module a student should be able to:

- Identify EO/IR systems and analyze the underlying principles and technology
- Analyze the significance of the EO/IR system in the defence context
- Assess the performance of EO/IR systems


Core content

- Simple radiometry and power calculations
- Imaging fundamentals and optical systems,
- Optical materials and coatings,
- Signature generation (solid and gaseous),
- Contrast, atmospheric effects,
- Detector type (thermal,
- Photon, one and two dimensional arrays),
- Cooling requirements,
- Detector performance characteristics,
- Simple electronic processing,
- EO/IR seeker systems,
- Countermeasures (including stealth) and counter-countermeasures,
- Simple digital image processing display options,
- Introduction to hyperspectral imaging, introduction to lasers and laser systems

Location and travel

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