The recent developments in high-performance infrared sensor technology are opening up new opportunities for
exploitation in the defence and security domains. In this paper, the focal plane array developments in the UK on low
noise techniques, avalanche photodiodes, high operating temperature devices and large format cameras are reviewed and
impact upon military capability is discussed. These technological developments are focused towards enduring challenges
including the stand-off identification of hazardous materials and long range target recognition and are enabling
exploitation of high performance thermal imaging onto a wide range of smaller platforms.
"Military applications for high-performance thermal imaging", Proc. SPIE 9370, Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices XII, 937024 (8 February 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2085940; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2085940