System Engineering
API is developing advanced infrared detectors that have fast rise times (<300 psec), yet are capable of imaging.  API is also developing neural net processing techniques for target signatures in an active multi-spectral system.  This E-O technology is then integrated into state-of-the-art airborne platforms.
   
Laser Radar
API has developed a series of all-solid-state lasers that are electronically tunable with both single-line and multi-line/multi-band capability. 
The technology base is centered on compact fiber laser systems, with special emphasis on the mid-infrared region for differential absorption/ scattering techniques, which are employed by biological/chemical sensors utilizing frequency agile laser techniques.  API has developed laser and detector technologies to produce 3-D imaging with the use of short pulse, frequency agile, mid-infrared imaging laser radars. 
 
   
Fiber Laser Techniques Fiber Laser
Using advanced fiber laser technology, API has developed a tactical laser that detects and produces 3-D imaging of obscured targets.  This system’s capabilities include active multi-spectral mapping, target property characterization, and laser radar/thermal imaging fusion, with an advanced sensor capable of chemical mapping from airborne platforms, including UAVs. 
API also maintains a novel microchip laser capability
 
   
Nonlinear Optics

API's use of customized nonlinear optics in its sensors allows for effective target reconnaissance and intelligence gathering related to the manufacturing and transportation of biological, and chemical weapons, as well as identification of targets of tatical interest, which include border security issues. This data is then overlaid onto visual and thermal imagery, and directly downloaded and formatted on a GIS grid.

Advanced nonlinear techniques will extend the spectral operations into the 8-14mm infrared region [View our CRADA contract @ www.usic.net; IPP program; project posters]