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30 August 2005 New optical detector concepts for space applications
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In the Advanced Detectors Research Group of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate, we work to enhance existing detector technologies and develop new detector capabilities for future space-based missions, most often using photonic techniques. To that end, we present some ideas we are presently investigating: (i) tuning the wavelength response of detectors using applied electric or magnetic fields, (ii) detecting the full polarization vector of a signal within a single pixel of a quantum well detector, (iii) monolithic solid-state cooling of a detector using photoluminescence, and (iv) enhancement of weak electromagnetic fields using interactions with plasmons.
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D. A. Cardimona, D. H. Huang, D. T. Le, T. Apostolova, P. M. Alsing, W. Glass, and C. D. Castillo "New optical detector concepts for space applications", Proc. SPIE 5897, Photonics for Space Environments X, 58970H (30 August 2005);

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