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Improved IR detectors to swap heavy systems for SWaP
Author(s): Alain Manissadjian; Laurent Rubaldo; Yann Rebeil; Alexandre Kerlain; Delphine Brellier; Laurent Mollard
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Paper Abstract

Cooled IR technologies are challenged for answering new system needs like the compactness and the reduction of cryopower which is a key feature for the SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) requirements. Over the last years, SOFRADIR has improved its HgCdTe technology, with effect on dark current reduction, opening the way for High Operating Temperature (HOT) systems that can get rid of the 80K temperature constraint, and therefore releases the Stirling cooler engine power consumption. Performances of the 640×512 15μm pitch LW detector working above 100K will be presented. A compact 640×512 15μm pitch MW detector presenting high EO performance above 130K with cut-off wavelength above 5.0μm has been developed. Its different performances with respect to the market requirements for SWaP will be discussed. High performance compact systems will make no compromise on detector resolution. The pixel pitch reduction is the answer for resolution enhancement with size reduction. We will therefore also discuss the ongoing developments and market needs for SWaP systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 2012
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8353, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVIII, 835334 (31 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.921879
Show Author Affiliations
Alain Manissadjian, SOFRADIR (France)
Laurent Rubaldo, SOFRADIR (France)
Yann Rebeil, SOFRADIR (France)
Alexandre Kerlain, SOFRADIR (France)
Delphine Brellier, CEA-LETI, Minatec (France)
Laurent Mollard, CEA-LETI, Minatec (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8353:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVIII
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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