Thermal Image Camera with Storage.
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY WASHINGTON DC
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A thermal image cameras TIC is disclosed which is sensitive to images having wavelengths ranging substantially from the optical range to over 100 microns. Such images are hereinafter referenced as thermal images. The device further develops electron images by detection of more than 280,000 points in a plane. The subject system amplifies, integrates and stores image electrons on an insulator or dielectric grid, and gates the electron images forward on command onto a phosphor screen for direct viewing or onto electron sensitive photographic film or electrostatic recording paper for recording. The TIC is thus a three dimensional electronic data processing system having the capability of converting thermal images to electron images and further of recording images on photographic film or electrostatic paper. Means are provided for electronically storing one or more positive or negative images on an insulator grid with image intensity gain in the negative storage mode. Means are also provided for controlling the flow of electrons from a cathode to an anode by the image stored on the insulator grid. Author