The authors reflect on their three decades in the field of Infrared (IR) projection development and test. This merry group of youngsters had no idea this niche technology would consume them, pit them against each other, and ultimately unite them. Over the years we fought to make our technologies a viable contributor to the development of the next generation of “smart” weapons. Starting with Liquid Crystal Light Valves (LCLV), Bly-Cells, we sought solutions which ultimately found themselves as a critical component in many of today’s weapon systems’ ground test activities. Today’s resistor emitter arrays are the standard by which the HWIL community has relied for nearly twenty years but as Focal Plane Arrays (FPA) advance in size, speed, and sensitivity and the Department of Defense advances its mission with these new capabilities, we are challenged to seek new technology solutions. These technologies include advances in novel resistor emitters, IR Laser Emitting Diodes (IRLED), Carbon Nano-Tube (CNT) materials and Digital Mirror Devices.
Scottie Mobley, James A. Buford, Robert W. Smith, Robert L. Murrer, and David P. Mallett, "30 years: Past, present, and future of high fidelity IR scene projectors (Conference Presentation)," Proc. SPIE 10625, Infrared Imaging Systems: Design, Analysis, Modeling, and Testing XXIX, 106250F (Presented at SPIE Defense + Security: April 17, 2018; Published: 14 May 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2306156.5783243125001.
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