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Third-generation intelligent IR focal plane arrays
Author(s): H. John Caulfield; Michael D. Jack; Kevin L. Pettijohn; John D. Schlesselmann; Joe Norworth
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Paper Abstract

SBRC is at the forefront of industry in developing IR focal plane arrays including multi-spectral technology and '3rd generation' functions that mimic the human eye. 3rd generation devices conduct advanced processing on or near the FPA that serve to reduce bandwidth while performing needed functions such as automatic target recognition, uniformity correction and dynamic range enhancement. These devices represent a solution for processing the exorbitantly high bandwidth coming off large area FPAs without sacrificing systems sensitivity. SBRC's two-color approach leverages the company's HgCdTe technology to provide simultaneous multiband coverage, from short through long wave IR, with near theoretical performance. IR systems that are sensitive to different spectral bands achieve enhanced capabilities for target identification and advanced discrimination. This paper will provide a summary of the issues, the technology and the benefits of SBRC's third generation smart and two-color FPAs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3240, 26th AIPR Workshop: Exploiting New Image Sources and Sensors, (1 March 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.300042
Show Author Affiliations
H. John Caulfield, Santa Barbara Research Ctr. (United States)
Michael D. Jack, Santa Barbara Research Ctr. (United States)
Kevin L. Pettijohn, Santa Barbara Research Ctr. (United States)
John D. Schlesselmann, Santa Barbara Research Ctr. (United States)
Joe Norworth, Santa Barbara Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3240:
26th AIPR Workshop: Exploiting New Image Sources and Sensors
J. Michael Selander, Editor(s)

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