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MCT IR detection modules with 15 µm pitch for high-reliability applications
Author(s): R. Breiter; T. Ihle; J. Wendler; H. Lutz; S. Rutzinger; T. Schallenberg; K. Hofmann; J. Ziegler
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Paper Abstract

Additional to the development of 3rd Gen IR modules like dual-band and dual-color devices AIM is focused on IR FPAs with reduced pitch. These FPAs allow manufacturing of compact low cost IR modules with minimum power consumption for state-of-the-art high performance IR systems. AIM has realized full TV format MCT 640x512 mid-wave and long-wave IR detection modules with a 15 μm pitch to meet the requirements of critical military applications like thermal weapon sights or thermal imagers in UAV applications. In typical configurations like a F/4.6 cold shield for the 640x512 MWIR module an NETD < 25 mK @ 5 ms integration time is achieved, while the LWIR modules achieve an NETD < 38 mK @ F/2 and 180 μs integration time. For the LWIR modules FPAs with a cut-off of 9 and 10 μm have been realized. The modules are available either with different integral rotary cooler configurations for portable applications which require minimum cooling power or a new split linear cooler providing long lifetime with a MTTF > 20,000 h as required e.g. for warning sensors in 24/7 operation. The modules are available with an optional image processing electronics providing non-uniformity correction and further image processing for a complete IR imaging solution. A double field of view FLIR for an upgrade of the German Army UAV LUNA has been developed by AIM using the MCT 640x512 MWIR 15μm pitch engine. The latest results and performance of those modules and their applications are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7660, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVI, 766039 (4 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.852313
Show Author Affiliations
R. Breiter, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)
T. Ihle, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)
J. Wendler, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)
H. Lutz, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)
S. Rutzinger, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)
T. Schallenberg, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)
K. Hofmann, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)
J. Ziegler, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7660:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVI
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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