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Improved high operating temperature MCT MWIR modules
Author(s): H. Lutz; R. Breiter; H. Figgemeier; T. Schallenberg; W. Schirmacher; R. Wollrab
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Paper Abstract

High operating temperature (HOT) IR-detectors are a key factor to size, weight and power (SWaP) reduced IR-systems. Such systems are essential to provide infantrymen with low-weight handheld systems with increased battery lifetimes or most compact clip-on weapon sights in combination with high electro-optical performance offered by cooled IR-technology. AIM’s MCT standard n-on-p technology with vacancy doping has been optimized over many years resulting in MWIR-detectors with excellent electro-optical performance up to operating temperatures of ~120K. In the last years the effort has been intensified to improve this standard technology by introducing extrinsic doping with Gold as an acceptor. As a consequence the dark current could considerably be suppressed and allows for operation at ~140K with good e/o performance. More detailed investigations showed that limitation for HOT > 140K is explained by consequences from rising dark current rather than from defective pixel level. Recently, several crucial parameters were identified showing great promise for further optimization of HOT-performance. Among those, p-type concentration could successfully be reduced from the mid 1016 / cm3 to the lower 1015/ cm3 range. Since AIM is one of the leading manufacturers of split linear cryocoolers, an increase in operating temperature will directly lead to IR-modules with improved SWaP characteristics by making use of the miniature members of its SX cooler family with single piston and balancer technology. The paper will present recent progress in the development of HOT MWIR-detector arrays at AIM and show electro-optical performance data in comparison to focal plane arrays produced in the standard technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 June 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9070, Infrared Technology and Applications XL, 90701D (24 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2050427
Show Author Affiliations
H. Lutz, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)
R. Breiter, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)
H. Figgemeier, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)
T. Schallenberg, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)
W. Schirmacher, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)
R. Wollrab, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9070:
Infrared Technology and Applications XL
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Charles M. Hanson; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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