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An infrared journey
Author(s): Michael A. Kinch
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Paper Abstract

Infrared focal plane array technology has evolved dramatically over the last 50 years. The author has been privileged to participate in this remarkable evolution, working totally within the confines of one of the most significant and remaining US players in the focal plane game, namely Texas Instruments, later to become DRS Technologies. This presentation describes a journey from the Common Module through second and third generation infrared systems in the USA up to the exciting developments of the present day ultra-small pixel technology. It represents an attempt to detail both the technology development of the time together with some of its associated drama as viewed from the author’s particular perspective. Thoughts on the lessons learned from this journey and their possible impact on future technology development will be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 2015
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9451, Infrared Technology and Applications XLI, 94512B (4 June 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2183067
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Michael A. Kinch, Consultant, DRS Technologies (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9451:
Infrared Technology and Applications XLI
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Charles M. Hanson; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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