25 October 2013 A Long Wave Infrared (LWIR) spectral imager (7.7 to 12.3 μ) based on cooled detector array and high resolution Circular Variable Filter (CVF)
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Spectral imagers in the Long Wave IR spectral range (8 to 12 microns) suffer from the problem of high production costs because the existing commercial cooled array detectors are expensive, and in fact they are prohibitively expensive for many applications. As a result, the drive to lower the cost of Long Wave IR spectral imagers is strong: this is the main motivation for CI to investigate a new design that allows these spectral imagers to be more affordable. One area of possible cost reduction without relinquishing the advantages of a cryogenically cooled detector is the method used to provide the spectral information. CI Systems has developed a long wave IR (7.7 to 12.3 micron) spectral imager concept using a Circular Variable Filter (CVF), (a proprietary component based on multiple layer interference filter technology) which has advantages over the interferometric Fourier Transform method commonly used in this spectral range. The CVF method has its own development challenges; however, once proven, this concept may be more suitable and affordable for applications in which a spectral resolution of 0.5% of the wavelength (or 50 nm at 10 μ) is required. The design of the optical system must minimize background signals without being cooled to cryogenic temperatures, so we called it VIrtually COld (or VICO). CI is in the final stages of prototype building and characterization. Present initial calibration results and measurement examples are given in this paper.
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Dario Cabib, Dario Cabib, Moshe Lavi, Moshe Lavi, Amir Gil, Amir Gil, Eran Ohel, Eran Ohel, Jacob Dolev, Jacob Dolev, Uri Milman, Uri Milman, "A Long Wave Infrared (LWIR) spectral imager (7.7 to 12.3 μ) based on cooled detector array and high resolution Circular Variable Filter (CVF)", Proc. SPIE 8896, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications X, 88960R (25 October 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2029524; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2029524


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