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12 April 1996 Advances in uncooled LWIR thermal sensors
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Night vision technology is present in most military systems used today. The sensors range from night vision goggles to high performance infrared ()targetacquisition and tracking systems. These sensors have provided a distinct battlefield advantage and will continue to be important in future confrontations and peace-keeping missions. With the importance placed upon night vision, lower cost and wider availability of night vision technology is an important consideration. Sensors can be employed in greater numbers as the cost is reduced and as the sensor package becomes lighter and consumes lower power. Sensor packaging, conformal to the system configuration, helps the sensor readily adapt to new system configurations. Infrared sensors that do not require cryogenic cooling meet many of these characteristics. Recently, the excellent imaging performance of uncooled IR focal plane arrays have captured the attention of many system users and initiated the emergence of new applications. This paper reviews these application areas, explores new possibilities, and assesses the technology underway to further expand the realm of uncooled IR imaging. Technology advances, both in the sensor technology and the interface with the imaging system, will expand uncooled JR technology into additional military and commercial systems.
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Raymond S. Balcerak and A. Trent DePersia "Advances in uncooled LWIR thermal sensors", Proc. SPIE 2685, Photodetectors: Materials and Devices, (12 April 1996);


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