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Extrinsic Silicon Focal Plane Arrays
Author(s): D. H. Pommerrenig
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Paper Abstract

This paper will survey and review the evolution and state-of-the-art of extrinsic silicon IR focal plane array technology. Extrinsic silicon photodetectors are capable of optimum infrared detection ranging from below 2 to well above 20 micrometers. Arrays of silicon detectors have been used in focal planes for both ground- and space-based operational systems such as the highly successful Infrared Arrowing Satellite (IRAS). The special properties of these detectors when they are used in conjunction with state-of-the-art charge-coupled device (CCD) multiplexing devices will have a significant impact on all future focal plane developments. The status and futured development potential of these infrared charge-coupled devices (IRCCD's) will be discussed in this paper. The concepts for and progress made toward realizing two-dimensional mosaic focal planes integrating silicon CCD multiplexers and extrinsic silicon detector array will be reviewed. Finally, the potential and applications of silicon focal planes will be assessed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 December 1983
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0443, Infrared Detectors, (9 December 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.937945
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D. H. Pommerrenig, Rockwell International Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0443:
Infrared Detectors
William L. Wolfe, Editor(s)

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