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Characteristics And Applications Of Pyroelectric Imaging Systems
Author(s): Carl N. Helmick Jr.
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Paper Abstract

Pyroelectric imagers--now beginning their second decade of existence--are on the verge of becoming practical devices. As a result of recent improvements, they show real promise in providing long-wavelength infrared imaging systems featuring moderately good performance along with uncooled operation and relatively low cost. Various approaches to pyro-electric imaging are summarized; the pyroelectric vidicon is discussed in more detail, since it is the form of pyroelectric imager whose present progress indicates the greatest utility now and in the near future. Examples are presented of thermal imagery taken with a pyroelectric camera system developed at the Naval Weapons Center, which incorporates an image-difference processing technique. Areas of needed research and development are outlined, along with expected future performance levels and potential applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 January 1976
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 0062, Modern Utilization of Infrared Technology I, (20 January 1976); doi: 10.1117/12.954449
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Carl N. Helmick Jr., Naval Weapons Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0062:
Modern Utilization of Infrared Technology I
Irving J. Spiro, Editor(s)

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