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Antenna-coupled microbolometers for multispectral infrared imaging
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Paper Abstract

Although the rapid development of 2-D focal plane arrays of thermal infrared (IR) detectors has led to remarkable progress in uncooled IR imaging technology, a major limitation of these sensors is the lack of true on-chip spectral discrimination. Multi-spectral detection capabilities enable rapid, efficient and multi-dimensional scene interpretation that is especially beneficial to advanced IR imaging systems for early threat warning and target recognition applications. We propose a novel design for a monolithic micromachined array of bolometric detectors capable of multi-spectral imaging in the long-wave IR (7-14 μm) region. The central ingredient of this approach is to employ planar multi-mode antenna structures to efficiently couple incident electromagnetic radiation to a microbolometeric sensing element that is much smaller than the IR wavelength. The wavelength selectivity of such an antenna-coupled detector can be tuned by optimizing its multiple geometric parameters. We present a planar microbolometer design that can accomplish 3-color LWIR imaging with no moving parts analogous to solid-state color videography in the visible region. The proposed effort targets applications of uncooled color IR imaging where the benefits in space, power, weight and complexity will have a significant impact.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 May 2006
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6206, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXII, 62061F (17 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665791
Show Author Affiliations
Aniruddha S. Weling, Foster-Miller Inc. (United States)
Patrick F. Henning, Foster-Miller Inc. (United States)
Dean P. Neikirk, Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
Sangwook Han, Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)


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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