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Chris Bainter: The Need for Speed: Next Generation High Speed Infrared Detector Technologies

Presented at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing 2017.

27 April 2017, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201704.13

Chris Bainter, FLIR (USA)For many years, high-speed visible cameras offered the ability to stop motion on fast-moving objects and provided unique insight through slow-motion playback for high-speed applications, such as airbag testing, munitions and ballistics testing, and brake & rotor testing applications. Unfortunately, the thermal infrared (IR) camera counterparts didn't offer the snapshot speeds, high frame rates, and wide temperature measurement ranges necessary to be useful for these same testing applications.

But with next-generation high-speed infrared read-out integrating circuits (ROIC) and new strain layer superlattice (SLS) detector materials, there are finally Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) infrared camera solutions that can provide the much-needed speed and dynamic range to meet the challenges of high-speed thermal testing application.

This interactive presentation covers the benefits of these next-generation ROIC and detector material technologies and how they are pushing the boundaries on high-speed thermal testing capabilities.

Chris Bainter is the Global Business Development Director of the Premium Business Segment of FLIR Systems, Inc.