GENERATION OF MID-WAVE INFRARED SIGNATURE

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NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA THESIS GENERATION OF MID-WAVE INFRARED SIGNATURE USING MICRORADIATING DEVICES FOR VEHICLE MOUNTED IDENTIFICATION FRIEND OR FOE APPLICATIONS by Eric Rose June 2009 Thesis Advisor: Nancy M. Haegel Second Reader: Richard M. Harkins Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited
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i REPORT DOCUMENTATION PAGE Form Approved OMB No. 0704-0188 Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instruction, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to Washington headquarters Services, Directorate for Information Operations and Reports, 1215 Jefferson Davis Highway, Suite 1204, Arlington, VA 22202-4302, and to the Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project (0704-0188) Washington DC 20503. 1. AGENCY USE ONLY (Leave blank) 2. REPORT DATE June 2009 3. REPORT TYPE AND DATES COVERED Master’s Thesis 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Generation of Mid-Wave Infrared Signature Using Microradiating Devices for Vehicle Mounted Identification Friend or Foe Applications 6. AUTHOR(S) Eric Rose 5. FUNDING NUMBERS 7. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, CA 93943-5000 8. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION REPORT NUMBER 9. SPONSORING /MONITORING AGENCY NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) N/A 10. SPONSORING/MONITORING AGENCY REPORT NUMBER 11. SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES The views expressed in this thesis are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government. 12a. DISTRIBUTION / AVAILABILITY STATEMENT Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited 12b. DISTRIBUTION CODE 13. ABSTRACT (maximum 200 words) Friendly fire continues to be a major source of casualties on the modern battlefield. The Vehicle Mounted Identification Friend or Foe (VMIFF) is a device designed to provide instantaneous feedback to the shooter identifying itself as friendly when interrogated by a friendly target laser designator or laser range finder. Current prototypes provide an omni-directional near infrared signature visible through night vision devices but not thermal imagers, and therefore are only effective during night operations. Thermal imagers require a 3–5 μm mid-wave infrared (MWIR) signature. The integration of a MWIR signature into VMIFF will add a daytime capability. A new generation of compact MWIR sources is emerging to meet demands from a range of spectroscopy and communications applications. An evaluation was conducted on three commercially available thermal microradiators to determine suitability as MWIR signature generators for VMIFF applications. Frequency response and angular irradiance measurements were made in both the 3–5 μ m and 8–12 μ
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