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Infrared thermal detectors versus photon detectors: II. focal plane arrays
Author(s): Antoni Rogalski
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Paper Abstract

Recent trends in IR detectors are towards large, electronically addressed 2D arrays and higher operating temperatures. This will lead both to higher performance and to smaller, lighter and more affordable IR systems. Cooling requirements are the main obstacle to the more widespread use of IR systems based on semiconductor photodetectors, particularly in the civil field. Recently, there is a considerable interest for uncooled 2D arrays of thermal detectors for thermal imaging. The uncooled IR focal planes may revolutionize development of night-vision IR imaging systems. It is expected that the cost of IR imagers will be eventually reduced to a few thousand dollars or less.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 June 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3179, Solid State Crystals in Optoelectronics and Semiconductor Technology, (13 June 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.276229
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Antoni Rogalski, Military Univ. of Technology (Poland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3179:
Solid State Crystals in Optoelectronics and Semiconductor Technology
Antoni Rogalski; Jaroslaw Rutkowski; Andrzej Majchrowski; Jerzy Zielinski, Editor(s)

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