– Dr. Susan Earles, Florida Tech assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is participating in a $70,000 grant from the Missile Defense
Agency on Infrared Materials Modeling. The Florida Tech portion is $30,000.
With the help of two graduate students, Prasad Gaitonde and Vhaibav Gupta, Earles will create a model for a semiconductor materials processing simulator.
The model will aid in the fabrication of a type of infrared detector capable of detecting a wide range of wavelengths. These highly sensitive detectors
have many uses, including target recognition, which involves characterization of thermal images, such as people wandering at night in the desert.
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