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Special Section Guest Editorial: Infrared Systems

Paper Abstract

Infrared sensing technology has come a long way since Hershel made the unexpected discovery in 1800 that radiation at wavelengths beyond the visible spectrum were measurable by his rudimentary bolometer instrument. The tremendous advancements in this technology have been propelled heavily through defense research and development, aimed at providing important night vision and target detection capabilities for surveillance, reconnaissance, targeting, and threat warning systems. The maturation of the underlying infrared sensing technology, specifically infrared optics and focal plane arrays, has not only enhanced the system capabilities for these missions, but has also resulted in the proliferation of infrared systems into a more diverse set of air, land, sea, and space-based platforms. Furthermore, infrared sensing has become more affordable through the advent of uncooled and high-operating-temperature focal plane arrays, which has opened up civilian and commercial applications such as thermography, law enforcement, fire and security, weather monitoring, transportation, and spectroscopy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 March 2013
PDF: 3 pages
Opt. Eng. 52(6) 061301 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.52.6.061301
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 52, Issue 6
Show Author Affiliations
Michael T. Eismann, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Philip Perconti, U.S. Army Night Vision & Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)

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