14 May 2007 QWIP compact thermal imager: Catherine-XP and its evolution
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Since 2005, The THALES Group is successfully manufacturing TV/4 format QWIP sensitive arrays in high rate production through THALES Research and Technology. Sofradir has entered a full production of its VEGA-LW-RM4 IDDCA using a 25μm pitch, 384x288 QWIP Array which is the core of the very compact QWIP thermal imager CATHERINE-XP. Serial production of CATHERINE-XP has now started in THALES Optronique in order to meet the delivery schedule of the various programs for which it has been selected. A review of the QWIP Production status, CATHERINE-XP achievements and current programs are presented. As THALES Optronique has based its today strategy on very compact TI in order to address the largest panel of platforms and applications, THALES Optronique is working in cooperation with Sofradir and TRT on the evolutions of the product to take advantage of the new capabilities offered by QWIP technology like bi-spectral or polarimetric. The achievements of these developments are also presented
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Olivier Cocle, Christophe Rannou, Bertrand Forestier, Paul Jougla, Philippe F. Bois, Eric M. Costard, A. Manissadjian, D. Gohier, "QWIP compact thermal imager: Catherine-XP and its evolution", Proc. SPIE 6542, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIII, 654234 (14 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.723720; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.723720


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