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A dynamic resistance nonuniformity compensation circuit for uncooled microbolometer detector arrays
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a new approach for compensating resistance nonuniformity of uncooled microbolometers by adjusting the bias currents of both detector and reference pixels. Contrary to conventional nonuniformity compensation circuits, this approach eliminates the need for digital-to-analog converters (DACs), which usually occupy a large area, dissipate high power, and require complicated external circuitry with high frequency data transfer to the microbolometer chip. The proposed circuit uses a feedback structure that dynamically changes the bias currents of the reference and detector pixels and does not need complicated external circuitry. A special feature of the circuit is that it provides continuous compensation for the detector and reference resistances due to temperature changes over time. The circuit is implemented in a 0.6μm 5V CMOS process and occupies an area of only 160μm × 630μm. Test results of the prototype circuit show that the circuit reduces the offset current due to resistance nonuniformity about 2.35% of its uncompensated value, i.e., an improvement of about 42.5 times is achieved, independent of the nonuniformity amount. The circuit achieves this compensation in 12μsec. Considering its simplicity and low cost, this approach is suitable for large array commercial infrared imaging systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6206, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXII, 62061T (18 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665650
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Omer Ozgur Yildirim, Middle East Technical Univ. (Turkey)
Tayfun Akin, Middle East Technical Univ. (Turkey)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6206:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXII
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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