Dr. Glenn D. Boreman
Professor and Chair
SPIE Involvement:
Author | Instructor
Area of Expertise:
Infrared , Frequency selective surfaces , Antennas
Profile Summary

Glenn D. Boreman is Chair of the Department of Physics & Optical Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

He served as the 2017 President of SPIE.

He received the BS in Optics from University of Rochester, and the PhD in Optics from University of Arizona.

From 1984 to 2011 he was on the faculty of the University of Central Florida, where he supervised 25 PhD students to completion.

Prof. Boreman is coauthor of the graduate textbooks Infrared Detectors and Systems and Infrared Antennas and Resonant Structures, and author of Modulation Transfer Function in Optical & Electro-Optical Systems and Basic Electro-Optics for Electrical Engineers.

He has published more than 190 journal articles in the areas of infrared sensors and materials, optics of random media, and image-quality assessment.

He is a fellow of SPIE, IEEE, the Optical Society of America, and the Military Sensing Symposium.
Publications (103)

Proceedings Article | 11 March 2024 Paper
Proceedings Volume 12883, 1288308 (2024) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.3002623
KEYWORDS: Polymers, Dielectrics, Spectroscopic ellipsometry, Optical properties, Data modeling, Solids, Polymer thin films, Absorption, Light absorption, Data acquisition

Proceedings Article | 20 September 2023 Paper
Proceedings Volume 12606, 1260615 (2023) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.3008365
KEYWORDS: Photonic crystals, Two photon polymerization, Computer aided design, Reflectivity, Fabrication, Dielectrics, Design and modelling, Windows, Solid modeling, Silica

Proceedings Article | 15 March 2023 Presentation + Paper
Proceedings Volume 12434, 1243406 (2023) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2658707
KEYWORDS: Optomechanical design, Photonic crystals, Reflection, Two photon polymerization, Infrared radiation, Design and modelling, Multiphoton lithography, Fabrication, Elasticity

SPIE Journal Paper | 19 November 2021
OE, Vol. 60, Issue 11, 117104, (November 2021) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.10.1117/1.OE.60.11.117104
KEYWORDS: Photonic crystals, Data modeling, Terahertz radiation, Polymers, Dielectrics, Stereolithography, Optical engineering, Computer aided design, 3D modeling, Spectroscopy

SPIE Journal Paper | 30 March 2021 Open Access
OE, Vol. 60, Issue 03, 033106, (March 2021) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.10.1117/1.OE.60.3.033106
KEYWORDS: Sensors, Signal to noise ratio, Interferometry, Spectroscopy, Black bodies, Spectral resolution, Optical engineering, Nonuniformity corrections, Cameras, Interferometers

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Course Instructor
SC156: Basic Optics for Engineers
This course introduces each of the following basic areas of optics, from an engineering point of view: geometrical optics, image quality, flux transfer, sources, detectors, and lasers. Basic calculations and concepts are emphasized.
SC157: MTF in Optical and Electro-Optical Systems
Modulation transfer function (MTF) is used to specify the image quality achieved by an imaging system. It is useful in analysis of situations where several independent subsystems are combined. This course provides a background in the application of MTF techniques to performance specification, estimation and characterization of optical and electro-optical systems.
SC1241: Fundamentals of Infrared Sensing
The course covers the fundamentals of infrared sensing from first principles. Topics include infrared optical systems, infrared materials, image quality; radiometry and flux-transfer calculations; blackbody sources and spectral distribution; thermal and photon detector mechanisms, spectral responsivity; sensor noise sources; sensor figures of merit (noise-equivalent power and D*); system figures of merit (detection range, noise-equivalent temperature difference, minimum resolvable temperature difference). We place emphasis on practical back-of-the-envelope calculations and conceptual understanding.
SC155: Infrared Systems Design
This course covers the range of topics necessary for the understanding of modern infrared-systems design. Practical engineering calculations are highlighted, with examples of trade studies illustrating the interrelationships among the various hardware characteristics. This course is comprised of four sections. Section 1 introduces the geometrical optics concepts including image formation, stops and pupils, lens combinations, image quality, and infrared properties of materials. In Section 2 the essentials of radiometry necessary for the quantitative understanding of flux transferred are covered. These concepts are then developed and applied to flux-transfer calculations for blackbody and graybody sources. Remote temperature measurements are then used as an illustration of these radiometric principles. Section 3 is devoted to fundamental background issues for optical detection-processes. It compares the characteristics of photon detectors and thermal detectors with an emphasis on spectral responsivity, D*, and noise issues. With this background, Section 4 considers the systems-design aspects of IR imagers. The impact of scan format on signal-to-noise ratio is described, and the engineering tradeoffs inherent in the development of infrared search systems are explained. Figures of merit such as MTF, NETD, and MRTD are examined for the performance metrics of thermal sensitivity and spatial resolution of thermal imaging systems. The interrelationships among the design parameters are identified through trade-study examples.
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