Characterization and performance of optomechanical uncooled infrared imaging system

Yang Zhao, Jongeun Choi, Roberta Horowitz, Arun Majumdar, John Kitching, Paul Norton

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An uncooled infrared (IR) imaging system based on thermomechanical deformation of bi-material cantilever beams combined with optical detection of beam deflection has been developed. The focal plane array (FPA) contains 300 × 300 cantilever sensors, which are optimized to detect IR radiation in the 8-14 μm wavelength range. Noise and response analysis show that the noise-equivalent temperature difference (NETD) of the system is 200 mK using f/1 IR optics and 10 Hz frame capture rate. The NETD is found to be limited by the shot noise of the visible CCD imager used in the optical readout. Statistical correlation between two repeated tests separated by 10 minutes shows that the response of over 70 percent pixels are repeatable to within 60 percent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-174
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventInfrared Technology and Applications XXVIII - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: 2002 Jul 72002 Jul 11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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