3 November 2000 New frontiers in 21st century microchannel plate (MCP) technology: bulk conductive MCP-based image intensifiers
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This paper details an image intensifier enhancement program at Litton Electro-Optical Systems (LEOS) and the U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) for the development of an unfilmed bulk conducive glass (BCG) Microchanel Plate (MCP) for use in any image intensifier (I2) to enhance signal-to-noise, reliability, and lifetime. We will discuss the material characterization associated with this new class of MCP glass. Then we will explore the outgassing and ion feedback properties of a BCG MCP in vacuum demountable experiments. Electrical and optical measurements on BCG MCPs with standard Generation III configuration (9-13 micron channel pitch) will be discussed. Test results will be presented for I2 with a start-of- the-art bulk conductive glass MCP in order to provide enhanced imaging capability for 21st century night vision systems.
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Timothy W. Sinor, Edward J. Bender, T. Chau, Joseph P. Estrera, A. Giordana, John W. Glesener, Mike J. Iosue, P. P. Lin, S. Rehg, "New frontiers in 21st century microchannel plate (MCP) technology: bulk conductive MCP-based image intensifiers", Proc. SPIE 4128, Image Intensifiers and Applications II, (3 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405876; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.405876
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