OPTRA is developing a two-band midwave infrared (MWIR) scene simulator based on digital micromirror device
(DMD) technology; this simulator is intended for training various IR threat detection systems that exploit the relative
intensities of two separate MWIR spectral bands. Our approach employs two DMDs, one for each spectral band, and an
efficient optical design which overlays the scenes reflected by each through a common telecentric projector lens. Other
key components include two miniature thermal sources, bandpass filters, and a dichroic beam combiner. Through the
use of pulse width modulation, we are able to control the relative intensities of objects simulated by the two channels
thereby enabling realistic scene simulations of various targets and projectiles approaching the threat detection system.
Performance projections support radiant intensity levels, resolution, bandwidth, and scene durations that meet the
requirements for a host of IR threat detection test scenarios. The feasibility of our concept has been demonstrated
through the design, build, and test of a breadboard two-band simulator.
In this paper we present the design of a prototype two-band simulator which builds on our experience from the
breadboard build. We describe the system level, optical, mechanical, and software/electrical designs in detail as well as
system characterization and future test plans.