8 November 2012 High-performance MCT and QWIP IR detectors at Sofradir
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Cooled IR technologies are challenged for answering new system needs like compactness and reduction of cryo-power which is key feature for the SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) requirements. This paper describes the status of MCT IR technology in France at Leti and Sofradir. A focus will be made on hot detector technology for SWAP applications. Sofradir has improved its HgCdTe technology to open the way for High Operating Temperature systems that release the Stirling cooler engine power consumption. Solutions for high performance detectors such as dual bands, much smaller pixel pitch or megapixels will also be discussed. In the meantime, the development of avalanche photodiodes or TV format with digital interface is key to bringing customers cutting-edge functionalities. Since 1997, Sofradir has been working with Thales and Research Technologies (TRT) to develop and produce Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors (QWIP) as a complementary offer with MCT, to provide large LW staring arrays. A dualband MW-LW QWIP detector (25μm pitch 384×288 IDDCA) is currently under development. We will present in this paper its latest results.
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Yann Reibel, Laurent Rubaldo, Alain Manissadjian, David Billon-Lanfrey, Johan Rothman, Eric de Borniol, Gérard Destéfanis, and E. Costard "High-performance MCT and QWIP IR detectors at Sofradir", Proc. SPIE 8541, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications IX, 85410A (8 November 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.975671; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.975671
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