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Motion Scan and Data Collection Methods for Electro-Optic System Testing

This article discusses different scanning patterns and approaches that can be used to measure an electro-optic (EO) sensor’s performance. Measurements of sensor resolution, distortion, field-of-view (FOV) size, minimum resolvable contrast and minimum resolvable temperature (in the case of IR cameras) are all examples of performance metrics that are measured with these tests. Executing scan tests…

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Motion Actuator Designs for Electro-Optic Test Systems

This article discusses motorized angular drive mechanisms and performance differences between direct-drive gimbals, indirect-driven gimbals and articulated-arm robots for electro-optic (EO)testing applications. From this article, readers will gain an appreciation for the pros and cons of each drive technology and be able to make better choices when deciding which automated testing system would be best…

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Electro-Optic Sensor and System Performance Verification with Motion Systems

This article describes electro-optic (EO) sensors and how to use motion control equipment for their testing. EO sensors and the type of photonics tests employed to verify their performance are discussed, along with fundamental test design rules, best practices for selecting appropriate motion equipment, different ways to precisely steer the EO sensor line of sight…

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