31 May 2012 Improved IR detectors to swap heavy systems for SWaP
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Abstract
Cooled IR technologies are challenged for answering new system needs like the compactness and the reduction of cryopower which is a key feature for the SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) requirements. Over the last years, SOFRADIR has improved its HgCdTe technology, with effect on dark current reduction, opening the way for High Operating Temperature (HOT) systems that can get rid of the 80K temperature constraint, and therefore releases the Stirling cooler engine power consumption. Performances of the 640×512 15μm pitch LW detector working above 100K will be presented. A compact 640×512 15μm pitch MW detector presenting high EO performance above 130K with cut-off wavelength above 5.0μm has been developed. Its different performances with respect to the market requirements for SWaP will be discussed. High performance compact systems will make no compromise on detector resolution. The pixel pitch reduction is the answer for resolution enhancement with size reduction. We will therefore also discuss the ongoing developments and market needs for SWaP systems.
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Alain Manissadjian, Alain Manissadjian, Laurent Rubaldo, Laurent Rubaldo, Yann Rebeil, Yann Rebeil, Alexandre Kerlain, Alexandre Kerlain, Delphine Brellier, Delphine Brellier, Laurent Mollard, Laurent Mollard, } "Improved IR detectors to swap heavy systems for SWaP", Proc. SPIE 8353, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVIII, 835334 (31 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.921879; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.921879
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