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A Comparison Of Planar And Z-Plane Focal Plane Technologies For Dim Target Detection
Author(s): M. Schlessinger; A. Gregory
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Paper Abstract

It has been noted by many investigators that there is a desirability of using staring sensors for those applications where a weak target signal must be extracted from a heavily cluttered background. The earliest form of the focal plane array for these staring sensors evolved from the charge-coupled device (CCD) technology. The evolution and problem areas of the planar technology from its earliest form using monolithic structures to its current form of hybrid technology will be discussed. A comparison between these devices and the "Z" technology devices under development will be made, particularly in the areas of signal processing and dim target detection. For the "Z" technology devices, a comparison of various signal processing techniques will be presented using the results of an in-house developed digital simulation. These results will be compared with the signal processing requirements of the planar devices to produce comparable detection performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 1989
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 1097, Materials, Devices, Techniques, and Applications for Z-Plane Focal Plane Array, (13 September 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.960370
Show Author Affiliations
M. Schlessinger, The Aerospace Corporation (United States)
A. Gregory, The Aerospace Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1097:
Materials, Devices, Techniques, and Applications for Z-Plane Focal Plane Array
John C. Carson, Editor(s)

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