31 May 2005 Technology and application advancements of uncooled imagers
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Having delivered over 30,000 uncooled microbolometer based thermal imaging engines, BAE Systems is the world's leading producer. Advancements in technology include the demonstration of broadband microbolometers on a 46 μm pixel pitch which have excellent sensitivity in the MWIR (NETD ≈180 mK, 3-5 μm) and LWIR (NETD ≈ 15 mK, 8-12 μm) wavebands. Application advancements include the development of a family of thermal weapons sights for the military which will replace current cooled systems with lighter, lower power systems and the introduction of a new generation of handheld and pole mounted thermal imagers for commercial markets.
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Peter W. Norton, Margaret Kohin, "Technology and application advancements of uncooled imagers", Proc. SPIE 5783, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXI, (31 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.604334; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.604334
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