The analysis of development of night vision devices (NVD) and image-intensifier tubes (IIT) is conducted, the change of their characteristics from zero up to the third generations surveyed, the appearance IIT of the fourth generation is determined. Alternatively IIT the solid-state image converters (SSIC) surveyed. SSIC essentially changes appearance NVD and their basic performances. The essential change of the characteristics NVD also is reached at the expense of usage of pulse laser illumination with a gating.
Nikolay F. Koshchavtsev,
"Night vision devices and image intensifier tubes", Proc. SPIE 4369, Infrared Technology and Applications XXVII, (10 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.445278; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.445278