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U.S. infrared detector industry: prospects for commercial diversification
Author(s): David P. Leech; Ivars Gutmanis
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Paper Abstract

The JR detector industry is sharply segregated into a very large military sector and a very small commercial sector. The sectors are separated by significant differences in cost, technical complexity, quality, and underlying technology. In response to dramatic changes in the worldwide politico—military environment, there is increased interest in commercial diversification. The challenge facing the military—dependent sector of the JR detector industry is less one of diversifying into the commercial market than of creating a sustainable "dual use" market capable of utilizing advanced JR technology. Industry appears to be groping to identify solid commercial applications for its more advanced technologies. Government representatives are no doubt anxious about potential erosion of the industrialbase. The authors suggest that some serious thought be given to innovative intra-industry or government-industry activities focused on lowering cost and providing useful information about dual use applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 1992
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1683, Infrared Focal Plane Array Producibility and Related Materials, (12 August 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.137762
Show Author Affiliations
David P. Leech, The Analytic Sciences Corp. (United States)
Ivars Gutmanis, The Analytic Sciences Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1683:
Infrared Focal Plane Array Producibility and Related Materials
Raymond S. Balcerak; Paul W. Pellegrini; Dean A. Scribner, Editor(s)

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