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Progress on MCT SWIR modules for passive and active imaging applications
Author(s): R. Breiter; M. Benecke; D. Eich; H. Figgemeier; A. Weber; J. Wendler; A. Sieck
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Paper Abstract

For SWIR imaging applications, based on AIM’s state-of-the-art MCT IR technology specific detector designs for either low light level imaging or laser illuminated active imaging are under development. For imaging under low-light conditions a low-noise 640x512 15μm pitch ROIC with CTIA input stages and correlated double sampling was designed. The ROIC provides rolling shutter and snapshot integration. To reduce size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) a 640x512 format detector in a 10μm pitch is been realized. While LPE grown MCT FPAs with extended 2.5μm cut-off have been fabricated and integrated also MBE grown MCT on GaAs is considered for future production. The module makes use of the extended SWIR (eSWIR) spectral cut-off up to 2.5μm to allow combination of emissive and reflective imaging by already detecting thermal radiation in the eSWIR band. A demonstrator imager was built to allow field testing of this concept. A resulting product will be a small, compact clip-on weapon sight. For active imaging a detector module was designed providing gating capability. SWIR MCT avalanche photodiodes have been implemented and characterized on FPA level in a 640x512 15μm pitch format. The specific ROIC provides also the necessary functions for range gate control and triggering by the laser illumination. The FPAs are integrated in a compact dewar cooler configuration using AIM’s split linear cooler. A command and control electronics (CCE) provides supply voltages, biasing, clocks, control and video digitization for easy system interfacing. First lab and field tests of a gated viewing demonstrator have been carried out and the module has been further improved.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2017
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10177, Infrared Technology and Applications XLIII, 1017708 (3 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2262687
Show Author Affiliations
R. Breiter, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)
M. Benecke, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)
D. Eich, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)
H. Figgemeier, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)
A. Weber, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)
J. Wendler, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)
A. Sieck, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10177:
Infrared Technology and Applications XLIII
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Charles M. Hanson; John Lester Miller; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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