ABOUT US / Peter J. Love

Peter J. Love Senior Scientist
Phone: 805.708.8121
Email: peter@acumenscientific.com



Chief Scientist | Acumen Scientific Goleta, CA
Systems engineering, modeling and consulting to industry and US government in the development and optimization of innovative optical sensors and focal planes using various detector materials (HgCdTe, InSb, Si PIN, Si:As IBC)


Senior Scientist
  • 2006-present Acumen Scientific Goleta, CA
  • 1985 - 2006 Raytheon Vision Systems/SBRC Goleta, CA
Raytheon Fellow
  • Technical lead for Raytheon Hyperspectral Module Program.
  • Technical lead for GOES HES FPA Development.
  • Systems engineer for JWST Mid-Infrared Instrument Detector Assemblies.
FPA Systems Engineer
  • Systems engineer for a variety of astronomy focal plane programs for both ground-based and space-based projects.
  • Systems engineer for several strategic programs.
  • Design and performance analysis of the FPA for the multi-spectral imaging spectrometer (MODIS) of the NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) program. Included FPA specification development and flowdown to subcomponents.
  • Performed analysis of the causes of FPA Fixed Pattern Noise (FPN) and methods of FPA Non-Uniformity Correction (NUC). Developed a physical model for the origins of FPN.
  • Contributed to the development of innovative infrared FPAs with HgCdTe, InSb, Si PIN and Si:As IBC detectors as well as readout integrated circuits (ROICs).
  • Helped develop large-format arrays and advanced FPA packaging for large mosiac FPAs.
Detector Engineer
  • Detector engineer for a variety of strategic and tactical programs employing both advanced scanning and staring infrared focal plane arrays (IRFPAs). As the responsible engineer for the Boost Surveillance and Tracking System (BSTS), designed and fabricated detectors which exceeded specifications and yield criteria, leading to a very successful ground demonstration of the sensor module. Superior performance award presented to the BSTS team members by the prime contractor for this work.
  • Developed new methods for detector electro-optical screen testing and analysis of detector test data. For example, developed a new simplified method for the determination of detector active optical area using flood illumination rather than scanning with a focussed spot.
  • Interests in device modeling led to extensive detector modeling and analysis of FPA performance. For example, have written programs for prediction and analysis of detector MTF, quantum efficiency, capacitance, and noise performance. With these tools, performed a number of trade studies to determine optimum detector designs for particular applications.
  • Contributed to a wide variety of technical tasks and programs within the Photovoltaic HgCdTe Pilot Line Department. Initially developed new improved methods for material characterization of HgCdTe and other IR materials. For example, implemented routine electrical characterization of HgCdTe using C-V methods and developed improved electrical characterization and analysis using Hall effect measurements.
Section Head, Detector Engineering
  • Served as acting section head for the Detector Engineering Section, supervising up to 9 engineers on a variety of strategic and tactical programs requiring advanced HgCdTe and InSb FPAs.
  • 1982 - 1985 Michelson Laboratory China Lake, CA
Research physicist, Post Doctoral Fellow
  • Performed basic research on the surface properties of III-V compound semiconductors using a host of surface analysis techniques.
  • Used synchrotron radiation at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory to perform surface studies of III-V compound semiconductors.
  • Performed work on laser assisted processing of surfaces which included the development of methods to apply metal films to semiconductor surfaces using excimer laser assisted deposition from metal carbonyls.


PhD, Physics Univ. California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
BS, Physics Univ. California, San Diego, San Diego, CA


  • Customer-Focused Excellence Award, Raytheon Vision Systems (2004)
  • Best paper award at the MSS Specialty Group on Detectors (2001)
  • Best paper at Electro-Optic Sensors and Technology Network conference (1995)


Over 60 publications