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15 August 1988 Ambient Temperature Solid State Pyroelectric IR Imaging Arrays
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The structure, design, and performance limitations of infrared imaging focal plane systems composed of an array of pyroelectric detectors mounted to a solid state multiplexer are discussed. Emphasis is placed on descriptions of systems of this type which are currently under development along with a simplified but accurate theory of operation. The fundamental performance limits of these solid state arrays are now well enough understood to predict that a wide variety of imaging systems with noise equivalent temperature differences of less than 0.2 ° C are feasible. When sys-tems based on these solid state focal plane arrays are commercially available, infrared imaging tech-nology will become widespread and affordable.
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N Butler, J McClelland, and S Iwasa "Ambient Temperature Solid State Pyroelectric IR Imaging Arrays", Proc. SPIE 0930, Infrared Detectors and Arrays, (15 August 1988);


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