Charles M. Hanson, Ph.D.




B.S. – Physics, Louisiana Tech University

PhD. – Physics, Georgetown University (Dissertation: Theory of Quasiparticle Tunneling between Dissimilar Superconductors)

Employment History

1969-1977 U.S. Army Night Vision Laboratory – Physicist, Systems Development

1977-1980 Texas Instruments – Member of Technical Staff

1980-1988 Varo – Department Manager/Technical Lead

1988-1997 Texas Instruments* – Chief Technologist

1997-2004 Raytheon* – Principal Fellow and Chief Technologist

2004-2011 L-3 Infrared Products* – CTO

2011-           SenseIR Solutions – President
*Same group, owned by different companies


43 years professional experience in electro-optics

Detectors – I2, InSb, HgCdTe, microbolometers, ferroelectric, pyro-optical, other novel concepts; Vis/NIR/SWIR, MWIR, LWIR

Systems Engineering – System concepts, Thermal Weapon Sight (TWS), vehicle-mounted sensors; specification definition and flow-down
Signal & Noise Analysis – Detectors, ROICs, systems
Components – Novel concepts, physics-based analysis and modeling

43 U.S. patents

Chairman, MSS Passive Sensors, 1997-1999 Taught MSS course on Uncooled Thermal Imaging

Numerous MSS and SPIE publications


Member, SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing Executive Committee
Conference Co-Chair, SPIE Infrared Technology and Applications

Infrared Subject Matter Expert with Senors Information Analysis Center (SENSIAC)

Teaching the SPIE course on Uncooled Thermal Imaging (5 years)

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