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CMT and PtSi FLIR systems for EUCLID RTP 8.1
Author(s): George R. Armstrong; Paul D. Packard
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Paper Abstract

The latest advances in European IR Focal Plane Array Technology are being utilized in the development of two advanced thermal imaging demonstrator systems funded by EUCLID. The program, designed RTP 8.1, is part of EUCLID Common European Priority Area (CEPA) 8: Electro-Optics. The 5-year timescale (1993 - 1998) is designed to allow the advancement of core technologies as well as the development and assessment of the two sensors. Nine companies, under the consortium banner TOPAZ, and compromising the European leaders in electro-optics, are bringing together their wide experience and skills to design and build FLIRs based on the Medium Wave Infrared focal plane array technologies Platinum Silicide (PtSi) and Cadmium Mercury Telluride (CMT). In the laser case the detector technology itself is being developed within TOPAZ. The UK, Italy and the Netherlands are cooperating to build an IDCA with a focal plane geometry of 384 X 288 pixels on 20 micrometers pitch. For the PtSi sensor, the detector is being developed in Germany under government funding outwith EUCLID, the FPA compromising 640 X 480 pixels on 24 micrometers pitch. As well as providing system performance comparisons between CMT and PtSi, the demonstrators will be used as test beds for enabling IR technologies including microscan, diamond-turned diffractive optics, advanced coatings, and non-uniformity correction and image processing electronics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 August 1996
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2774, Design and Engineering of Optical Systems, (23 August 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.246667
Show Author Affiliations
George R. Armstrong, Pilkington Optronics (United Kingdom)
Paul D. Packard, Pilkington Optronics (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2774:
Design and Engineering of Optical Systems
Joseph J. M. Braat, Editor(s)

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