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20 May 2011 The new megapixel thermal imager family
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For long ranging imaging in high performing electro-optical systems visible cameras with HDTV resolution (1920x1080) are becoming the standard sensor for observation purposes during day. During night and for thermal imaging, significant reduced resolution has to be accepted over a long period of time due to non-availability of adequate infrared detectors. In the meantime standard detectors with 1280x1024 are available on the market which provide at least SXGA resolution. ATTICA M is the newest member of Carl Zeiss Optronics ATTICA family of cooled thermal imagers, which uses an infrared detector with 1280x1024 pixels. ATTICA M can operate with a variety of infrared detectors either based on InSb or MCT as a detector material. ATTICA M is form and fit to the well known ATTICA Z and ATTICA P which is integrated in several military platforms in series production and can consequently be used to upgrade the related platforms. In detail three variants with different zoom optics covering the field of view range between 1,4° - 30° are available for a large scope of applications, on land, on the sea or in the air. A newly developed video electronic is capable to operate the Megapixel detector as well as future dual band thermal imager detectors as soon as they are available on the market. The features and options are discussed as well as the performances compared to the current thermal imager generation.
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J. Fritze and M. Münzberg "The new megapixel thermal imager family", Proc. SPIE 8012, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVII, 801205 (20 May 2011);

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