Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation IOSB

Optronics (OPT)

Optronics (OPT)

Profile of the Optronics Department

The department of Optronics researches methods and creates mathematical models for designing, evaluating and protecting active and passive electro-optical sensors in the business areas of Defense, Civil Security as well as Inspection and Visual Verification.

The work area active and passive sensors inspects and evaluates optronic sensors and sensor systems in terms of their performance and possible applications.

The area laser safety and optronic counter measures inspects, prepares and evaluates concepts for eye protection and the protection of electro-optical sensors (visual and IR) as well as the threat potential of laser sources for disturbing optronic systems.

In modeling and simulation,methods andalgorithms are developed for analytical modeling and imaging simulations to predict the performance of optronic systems in different situations.

Through close cooperation with the individual work areas, the department of Optronics disposes of the complete competence spectrum for the research, evaluation and simulation of innovative, electro-optical systems.

Active and passive sensors

  • Standardized evaluation of passive sensor technology in the visual and infrared spectral range
  • New and further development of theoretical and experimental evaluation parameters for passive sensors
  • Construction of active sensors (e.g. gated viewing systems, laser vibrometers) as well as their experimental and theoretical evaluation in various applications

Laser safety and optronic countermeasures

  • Reversible and irreversible disturbance of sensors
  • Evaluation of new laser sources for countermeasures and active sensor concepts
  • Preparation of concepts for the protection of sensors and the human eye
  • Manufacture and evaluation of innovative, non-linear, optical filters for the visual and infrared spectral range

Modeling and simulation

  • Prediction of ranges for active and passive optronic sensors
  • Imaging simulation of thermal IR scenarios
  • Simulation of the imaging process of optronic systems taking into account speckle effects and atmospheric influences (e.g. turbulence)