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Technology of uncooled fast polycrystalline PbSe focal plane arrays in systems for muzzle flash detection
Author(s): Mariusz Kastek; Tadeusz Piątkowski; Henryk Polakowski; Jaroslaw Barela; Krzysztof Firmanty; Piotr Trzaskawka; German Vergara; Rodrigo Linares ; Raul Gutierrez ; Carlos Fernandez; Maria Teresa Montojo Supervielle
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Paper Abstract

The paper presents some aspects of muzzle flash detection using low resolution polycrystalline PbSe 32×32 and 80×80 detectors FPA operating at room temperature (uncooled performance). These sensors, which detect in MWIR (3 - 5 microns region) and are manufactured using proprietary technology from New Infrared Technologies (VPD PbSe – Vapor Phase Deposition of polycrystalline PbSe), can be applied to muzzle flash detection. The system based in the uncooled 80×80 FPA monolithically integrated with the CMOS readout circuitry has allowed image recording with frame rates over 2000 Hz (true snapshot acquisition), whereas the lower density, uncooled 32×32 FPA is suitable for being used in low cost infrared imagers sensitive in the MWIR band with frame rates above 1000 Hz. The FPA detector, read-out electronics and processing electronics (allows the implementation of some algorithms for muzzle flash detection) of both systems are presented. The systems have been tested at field test ground. Results of detection range measurement with two types of optical systems (wide and narrow field of view) have been shown. The theoretical analysis of possibility detection of muzzle flash and initial results of testing of some algorithms for muzzle flash detection have been presented too.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 May 2014
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 9074, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense XIII, 90740A (29 May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2053284
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Mariusz Kastek, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Tadeusz Piątkowski, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Henryk Polakowski, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Jaroslaw Barela, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Krzysztof Firmanty, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)
Piotr Trzaskawka, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)
German Vergara, New Infrared Technologies, S.L. (Spain)
Rodrigo Linares , New Infrared Technologies, Ltd. (Spain)
Raul Gutierrez , New Infrared Technologies, Ltd. (Spain)
Carlos Fernandez, New Infrared Technologies, Ltd. (Spain)
Maria Teresa Montojo Supervielle, New Infrared Technologies, S.L. (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9074:
Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense XIII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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