Small Pitch High Density (SPHD) Long Wavelength Infrared Imager Development and Demonstration
July 13, 2015
St Johns Optical Systems recently won a research and development contract with the U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) to advance the state-of-the-art infrared (IR) focal plane array (FPA) and spectral imaging technologies.
The primary objective of the task defined herein is to demonstrate that a small-pitch, high-density (SPHD) long wavelength infrared (LWIR) imager provides:
Field of view (FOV) switching that is electronic and instantaneous; this eliminates movement of optical components, improves reliability, and reduces cost while reducing user search and target acquisition time.
Aided search simultaneous with operator viewing of any portion of FOV and/or the auto-cuer target list.
Longer range target acquisition plus much faster search. Target acquisition range improves by a factor greater than 1.6 over second generation thermal systems.
Bore sight is easier to maintain.
The scope of the contracted effort is development, integration, testing/characterization, and demonstration of an integrated LWIR camera and processor system. Leading this effort is Dr. Rich Vollmerhausen.
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