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QWIP thermal imager
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Paper Abstract

This presentation deals with the following aspects: The THALES Group has successfully manufactured sensitive arrays using QWIP technology based on AsGa techniques through THALES Research and Technology Laboratory. This QWIP technology allows the manufacturing of staring arrays for Thermal Imagers (TI) working in LWIR band (8 - 12 μm). A review of this QWIP technology is presented. The THALES Group is offering a complete range of TI for several applications, from Hand Held version to integrated versions in sight, surveillance system and gimbal. The basic choice for TI used in land applications on the battlefield remains the LWIR band. THALES Optronique has based its today strategy on very compact TI in order to allow the largest panel of applications for hand held and vehicle applications. An overview of the achieved performances and applications is presented. The current developments allowing to take the best part of the QWIP technology are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 October 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5074, Infrared Technology and Applications XXIX, (10 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.488488
Show Author Affiliations
Olivier Cocle, Thales Optronique SA (France)
Francois-Hughes Gauthier, Thales Optronique SA (France)
Gilbert Quilghini, Thales Optronique SA (France)
Philippe Francis Bois, Thales Research and Technology (France)
Eric M. Costard, Thales Research and Technology (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5074:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXIX
Bjorn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop, Editor(s)

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