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ABOUT US / Alan Hoffman


Chief Scientist
Phone: 805.452.1803



Chief Scientist | Acumen Scientific, Goleta, CA
Technical consultant to industry and US government in all areas of electro-optical sensors, and focal planes, from visible to LWIR, ROIC design to systems analysis


1979–2006 | Raytheon Vision Systems, Goleta, CA

  • Raytheon Fellow Technical lead and R&D manager for SWIR product development

  • Technical lead on 2k x 2k IRFPA development

  • Founder and co-leader of astronomy focal plane products

  • Program manager on DARPA programs

  • Technical lead on space and tactical infrared focal planes and systems

  • Assistant Program Manager on $140M space project

  • Development of innovative infrared focal planes with HgCdTe, InSb, InGaAs, and Si detectors; readout integrated circuits (ROICs); and cryogenic packages

1994–present | University of California, Santa Barbara
Infrared course coordinator and instructor: Lead an annual summer class at UCSB: "Modern Infrared Detectors and System Applications"; Organize and teach customized courses for government and industry. Past clients include USAF, USGS, and Raytheon.

1978–1979 | Hughes Aircraft Co. Culver City, CA
Member of Technical Staff: Evaluated early two-dimensional infrared focal planes.

1975–1978 | University of Rochester Rochester, NY
Assistant Professor and Post-doctoral Fellow: Research and teaching in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.


PhD, Physics Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
MS, Physics Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
BS, Physics University of Illinois, Urbana, IL


  • Best Paper at Electro-Optical Systems Technology Network conference (2006)

  • Raytheon Excellence in Technology Award for SWIR sensors (2006)

  • Nominated for DARPA Technology Award for SWIR sensor development (2005)

  • Minor planet (asteroid #20259) named "alanhoffman" for infrared detector development and teaching (2005)

  • National Science Foundation Research Fellowship (1970)

  • Bronze Tablet for scholastic achievement, University of Illinois (1970)

  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America (1961)


6 Patents

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