PACS 85.60. G, D

Infrared detectors: outlook and means

F. F. Sizov

Institute of Semiconductor Physics,45, prospect Nauky, 03028, Kyiv, Ukraine, e-mail: sizov@dep38.semicond.kiev.ua

Abstract. New materials and technologies for large scale IR arrays, readouts for them and several principal trends of IR large scale array detectors development as well as their applications in different weather conditions are briefly discussed. Uncooled arrays should be much more widespread both for civilian and military applications. Another trend is previewed in enhanced capability readouts. For military and space applications, e.g., for satellites observation, surveillance and reconnaissance in near future high performance mercury-cadmium-telluride (MCT) based detectors hardly can be replaced for two main atmospheric transparency regions, 3 to 5 and 8 to 14 microns. Because of similarity of technological operations MCT large scale arrays for 1 to 3 microns applications can become even more preferable compared to III-V detectors.

Keywords: infrared technologies, focal plane arrays, mercury-cadmium-telluride detectors, read-outs.

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