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Altering the SNR by photodetector noise manipulation
Author(s): Michael K. Rafailov
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Paper Abstract

Irradiation of a photodetector by very short pulses is presented as the primary and perhaps the only remote technology for altering the SNR. Such noise manipulation will decrease the SNR value for certain types of common MIR and LWIR photodetectors. The effect is based on the difference between carrier lifetimes and altering pulse dwell time. When the pulse width is much less than photodetector rise time, i.e., 100 fs vs 10 ns, most of the photons can not generate an electrical charge, but only heat. We describe thermal, radiometric and electronic circuit models developed to simulate the transfer of short pulses of time- dependent radiant and electrical signals through a photodetector during the alteration. The models are developed to provide an analysis tool for evaluating the time-dependent radiometric sensitivity for the remote gain control of IR photodetectors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 July 2000
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4029, Targets and Backgrounds VI: Characterization, Visualization, and the Detection Process, (24 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.392551
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Michael K. Rafailov, VICAR International Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4029:
Targets and Backgrounds VI: Characterization, Visualization, and the Detection Process
Wendell R. Watkins; Dieter Clement; William R. Reynolds, Editor(s)

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