11 June 2015 Infrared SWAP detectors: pushing the limits
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The growing demand for compact and low consumption infrared cooled detectors is driven by different products segments. Hand Held Thermal Imagers, UAV, small gimbals are some of them. End users are requiring devices easy to use with fast cool down time, excellent portability, low acoustic noise with no trade-offs in reliability and performance. These requirements are pushing the technology developments toward constant innovations on detectors, coolers, read out circuits and proximity electronic boards. In this paper we are discussing the different figures of merit and highlighting the challenges for the different components. An update on the developments of HOT technology for most advanced pixel pitch will be presented. Very compact products are driving the developments for innovative coolers and cryogenic solutions. A low power compact architecture is a must for electronic boards to optimize the overall system power consumption. Finally a look to the future requirements for further shrink will be addressed.
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Yann Reibel, R. Taalat, A. Brunner, L. Rubaldo, T. Augey, A. Kerlain, N. Péré-Laperne, A. Manissadjian, O. Gravrand, P. Castelein, G. Destéfanis, "Infrared SWAP detectors: pushing the limits", Proc. SPIE 9451, Infrared Technology and Applications XLI, 945110 (11 June 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2179212; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2179212


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