Accession Number:

ADA517537

Title:

Uncooled Tunable LWIR Microbolometer

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 15 Sep 2003-14 Mar 2009

Corporate Author:

MINNESOTA UNIV MINNEAPOLIS OFFICE SPONSORED PROJECTS ADMINISTRATION

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-05-05

Pagination or Media Count:

33.0

Abstract:

Uncooled infrared detection has given the United States military one of its most significant advantages of recent decades. However, this technology has spread to countries across the globe, and US superiority is no longer assured. However, uncooled detectors have significant potential capabilities that have been little explored. Cooled detectors completely dominate narrowband sensing applications, such as in target recognition or chemical identification. This is probably because thermal detectors have traditionally been designed to absorb across the entire thermal infrared and the materials traditionally chosen to absorb do not lend themselves to spectral selectivity.

Subject Categories:

  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Lasers and Masers
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Infrared Detection and Detectors
  • Thermodynamics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE