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New optical detector concepts for space applications
Author(s): D. A. Cardimona; D. H. Huang; D. T. Le; T. Apostolova; P. M. Alsing; W. Glass; C. D. Castillo
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Paper Abstract

In the Advanced Detectors Research Group of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate, we work to enhance existing detector technologies and develop new detector capabilities for future space-based missions, most often using photonic techniques. To that end, we present some ideas we are presently investigating: (i) tuning the wavelength response of detectors using applied electric or magnetic fields, (ii) detecting the full polarization vector of a signal within a single pixel of a quantum well detector, (iii) monolithic solid-state cooling of a detector using photoluminescence, and (iv) enhancement of weak electromagnetic fields using interactions with plasmons.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5897, Photonics for Space Environments X, 58970H (30 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.613654
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D. A. Cardimona, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
D. H. Huang, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
D. T. Le, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
T. Apostolova, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
P. M. Alsing, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
W. Glass, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
C. D. Castillo, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5897:
Photonics for Space Environments X
Edward W. Taylor, Editor(s)

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