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EO/IR sensor development using nanostructures for unattended ground sensor applications
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Paper Abstract

Next Generation EO/IR focal plane arrays using nanostructure materials are being developed for a variety of Defense Applications including Unattended Ground Sensor Applications. Several different nanomaterials are being evaluated for these applications. These include ZnO nanowires that have demonstrated large signal to noise ratio as a wide band gap nanostructure material in the UV band. Similarly, the work is under way using Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) for a high speed detector and focal plane array as bolometer for IR bands of interest, which can be implemented for the unattended ground sensor applications. In this paper, we will discuss the sensor design and model predicting performance of an EO/IR focal plane array that can cover the UV to IR bands of interest. The model can provide a robust means for comparing performance of the EO/IR FPA's and Sensors that can operate in the UV, Visible-NIR (0.4-1.8 μm), SWIR (2.0-2.5 μm), MWIR (3-5 μm), and LWIR bands (8-14 μm). This sensor model can be used as a tool for predicting performance of nanostructure arrays under development. We will also discuss our results on growth and characterization of ZnO/MgZnO nanowires and CNT's for the next generation sensor applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 October 2011
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8184, Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks VIII, 818408 (4 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.903722
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Ashok K. Sood, Magnolia Optical Technologies, Inc. (United States)
John W. Zeller, Magnolia Optical Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Yash R. Puri, Magnolia Optical Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Tariq Manzur, Naval Undersea Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Nibir K. Dhar, DARPA/MTO (United States)
Abdiel Rivera, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)
A. F. M. Anwar, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)
Gustavo Fernandes, Brown Univ. (United States)
J. M. Xu, Brown Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8184:
Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks VIII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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