This course explains basic technology and new market trends for infrared sensors for commercial and military applications. The course starts with a brief introduction to Infrared physics, phenomenology and history. Typical systems architectures will be discussed and how they may be changed by emerging technologies. The difficulties and barriers of introducing a new technology into Infrared cameras and systems will be covered. Potential disruptive technologies and embryonic technologies will be described, forecasted and applied to future markets and applications. New emerging applications and markets that are untouched, or little penetrated by the technology will be described, and the barriers that have prevented this technology to sufficiently enter these markets. The subject matter concentrated on infrared imagers (both commercial and military); although the images may not be presented to a human, but a computer, car or robot. Some non-imaging systems such as IRSTs, hyperspectral and sparse FPAs for certain applications are also discussed. Classic IR spectrometry, near-IR (as detected by silicon) and IR microscopy are not addressed.
- describe the emerging technologies.
- explain the current and future market forces.
- identify the role of potentially disruptive technologies to the infrared imaging industry.
- be familiar with new potential applications.
- explain the top-level state of the art infrared technology for commercial and military systems.
- describe the developing technology trends.
- summarize the existing and future marketing trends and judge how this will impact commercial and military products.
- Identify embryonic technologies that are potentially disruptive and judge what existing technologies are threatened.