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Latest Sofradir technology developments usable for space applications
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Sofradir started to work in the field of space applications and especially in the earth observation domain in the beginning of the 1990th. Thanks to the work done with the support of the French Ministry of Defense and the European Space Agency, Sofradir has acquired a large know-how and became a major supplier for European space industry. Nowadays, Sofradir technologies offer possibilities to develop a large panel of high reliable detectors like long linear arrays or two dimensional arrays covering bandwidth from visible to 15 μm based on qualified Mercury Cadmium Telluride (MCT) technology. In a near future, latest technology developments will enable to offer new detectors features in order to simplify instruments designs. In particular, these latest developments concern dual band detectors, increase in format, pitch reduction and implementation of new functions on the FPA like analogue to digital converter. This paper proposes an overview of Sofradir technology capabilities for design of custom space detectors. In particular this paper presents latest technology developments with new results in visible, long wavelength and dual band technology capabilities. Then, the different approaches for future space FPA are discussed based on examples of manufacturing.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6361, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites X, 63611C (3 October 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.693477
Show Author Affiliations
M. Vuillermet, Sofradir (France)
P. Chorier, Sofradir (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6361:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites X
Roland Meynart; Steven P. Neeck; Haruhisa Shimoda, Editor(s)

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