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Advantages of SCD detectors for missile warning system applications
Author(s): Ofer Nesher; Shimon Elkind; Tuvy Markovitz
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Paper Abstract

For the past few years SCD has been developing a series of Infra Red (IR) detectors based on the well established technologies of InSb diodes and the most advanced analogue and digital signal processors. These detectors exhibit special modes of operation combined with a high level of performance, which enables the detectors to be optimized within a large variety of applications. Among these applications the most demanding are considered to be those related to Missile Warnings Systems (MWS) and firing identification. For these high-end applications, a combination of suitable operation modes and high performance is required, including: large dynamic range, high frame rate, high sensitivity at low signal and a smooth transition of operation mode from frame to frame. The first detector developed for MWS is the "Blue Fairy" detector which has 320x256 elements with a 30μm pitch. After the "Blue Fairy" a family of new generation digital detectors was developed, starting with "Sebastian". Sebastian is based on a novel digital Focal Plane Processor (FPP) with a 20μm pitch and a format of 640×512. Next, for the mid format, a digital detector with 480×384 elements was developed, based on the same concept as the large format Sebastian detector but with some additional functionality. In this paper the special features and performance of these detectors are presented showing their advantages for MWS applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 December 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5612, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications, (6 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.580385
Show Author Affiliations
Ofer Nesher, SemiConductor Devices (Israel)
Shimon Elkind, SemiConductor Devices (Israel)
Tuvy Markovitz, SemiConductor Devices (Israel)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5612:
Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications
Ronald G. Driggers; David A. Huckridge, Editor(s)

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