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Army focuses on advanced IR sensors

Nov. 26, 2013 - 04:12PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
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Advanced infrared focal plane array-based sensors are the subject of a request for information by the Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate at the U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center.

The effort will focus on enhancing the performance and yield of antimony-based IR focal plane arrays.

“Examples of applications include wide area coverage for situational awareness, persistent surveillance and plume/gunflash detection; infrared search, identification and tracking, missile detection and interception, and hyperspectral imaging,” CERDEC said.

Components that will have to be developed include type III-V superlattice large-format, small-pixel mid-wave infrared, long-wave infrared, and very long-wave infrared detector arrays; high-performance and low-cost III-V epitaxial wafers; large gallium antimonide substrates; and advanced readout integrated circuits supporting advanced III-V detectors.

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