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New frontiers in 21st century microchannel plate (MCP) technology: bulk conductive MCP-based image intensifiers
Author(s): Timothy W. Sinor; Edward J. Bender; T. Chau; Joseph P. Estrera; A. Giordana; John W. Glesener; Mike J. Iosue; P. P. Lin; S. Rehg
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Paper Abstract

This paper details an image intensifier enhancement program at Litton Electro-Optical Systems (LEOS) and the U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) for the development of an unfilmed bulk conducive glass (BCG) Microchanel Plate (MCP) for use in any image intensifier (I2) to enhance signal-to-noise, reliability, and lifetime. We will discuss the material characterization associated with this new class of MCP glass. Then we will explore the outgassing and ion feedback properties of a BCG MCP in vacuum demountable experiments. Electrical and optical measurements on BCG MCPs with standard Generation III configuration (9-13 micron channel pitch) will be discussed. Test results will be presented for I2 with a start-of- the-art bulk conductive glass MCP in order to provide enhanced imaging capability for 21st century night vision systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4128, Image Intensifiers and Applications II, (3 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405876
Show Author Affiliations
Timothy W. Sinor, Litton Electro-Optical Systems (United States)
Edward J. Bender, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
T. Chau, Litton Electro-Optical Systems (United States)
Joseph P. Estrera, Litton Electro-Optical Systems (United States)
A. Giordana, Litton Electro-Optical Systems (United States)
John W. Glesener, Litton Electro-Optical Systems (United States)
Mike J. Iosue, Litton Electro-Optical Systems (United States)
P. P. Lin, Litton Electro-Optical Systems (United States)
S. Rehg, Litton Electro-Optical Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4128:
Image Intensifiers and Applications II
C. Bruce Johnson, Editor(s)

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