4 June 2015 Small pixel oversampled IR focal plane arrays
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We report on a new high definition high charge capacity 2.1 Mpixel MWIR Infrared Focal Plane Array. This high definition (HD) FPA utilizes a small 5 um pitch pixel size which is below the Nyquist limit imposed by the optical systems Point Spread Function (PSF). These smaller sub diffraction limited pixels allow spatial oversampling of the image. We show that oversampling IRFPAs enables improved fidelity in imaging including resolution improvements, advanced pixel correlation processing to reduce false alarm rates, improved detection ranges, and an improved ability to track closely spaced objects. Small pixel HD arrays are viewed as the key component enabling lower size, power and weight of the IR Sensor System. Small pixels enables a reduction in the size of the systems components from the smaller detector and ROIC array, the reduced optics focal length and overall lens size, resulting in an overall compactness in the sensor package, cooling and associated electronics. The highly sensitive MWIR small pixel HD FPA has the capability to detect dimmer signals at longer ranges than previously demonstrated.
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John Caulfield, John Caulfield, Jon Curzan, Jon Curzan, Jay Lewis, Jay Lewis, Nibir Dhar, Nibir Dhar, } "Small pixel oversampled IR focal plane arrays", Proc. SPIE 9451, Infrared Technology and Applications XLI, 94512F (4 June 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2180385; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2180385
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