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Polarization-sensitive QWIP thermal imager
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Paper Abstract

A polarization-sensitive thermal imager has been assembled using a quantum-well infrared photodetector (QWIP) focal plane array (FPA) with peak responsivity in the long-wave infrared (LWIR) spectral band near 9 micrometer. Polarization-dependent responsivity is achieved by etching linear gratings onto each pixel during QWIP FPA fabrication, with adjacent pixels having orthogonal grating orientation. The direct integration of the gratings with the pixels eliminates all pixel registration errors encountered with previous infrared polarimetry instruments. We present here details of the FPA and thermal imaging system design and performance and show examples of polarization-enhanced imagery.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4028, Infrared Detectors and Focal Plane Arrays VI, (17 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391722
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Daniel W. Beekman, Army Research Lab. (United States)
James B. Van Anda, Digital Imaging Infrared, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4028:
Infrared Detectors and Focal Plane Arrays VI
Eustace L. Dereniak; Robert E. Sampson, Editor(s)

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