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Evolving image intensifier technology
Author(s): Richard A. Sturz
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Paper Abstract

The image intensifier, originally designed tor night vision, has scientific applications based on its spectral response and ability to be gated. U.S. industry consolidation and military requirements have focused the domestic manufacturing capability on the latest intensifier technology. Earlier technology that provided diversity of intensifier spectral response has been virtually eliminated domestically by the shift of manufacturing to the latest government priorities. The scientific community continues to require the capabilities and variety of the earlier designs and to have these designs updated to permit imaging for research. The lack of domestic sources has forced a reliance on other sources and has created a niche market for these sources. The scientific requirements for the image intensifier does not create a large market and therefore only few manufacturers can adequately meet the limited market needs. A few select manufacturers in Europe and Asia have continued development and vastly improved on the original intensifier designs creating new sources of scientific application intensifiers. The SPIE Airborne Reconnaissance session paper presented in 1995 entitled "Advances in Low' Light Level Video Imaging" 1 and a 1998 paper entitled “Imagery Intensifier for Recce”2 described the then available image intensifiers. This paper explores and updates the previous papers, by describing the improvements in image intensifier technology in an ever-changing industry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 December 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3751, Airborne Reconnaissance XXIII, (7 December 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.372654
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Richard A. Sturz, Xybion Electronic Systems Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3751:
Airborne Reconnaissance XXIII
Wallace G. Fishell, Editor(s)

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