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The Promise, Advantages, And Challenges of High-Speed Infrared Cameras
BY FLIR Systems, Inc

Thermally characterizing high-speed targets is a challenging task, one that is difficult to undertake with traditional forms of temperature measurement. This Q&A details how next-generation high-speed IR cameras are up to this challenge, pointing out their functions, benefits and limitations.

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Thermal Imaging: How It Works

Thermal imaging is simply made up of a thermal scene, a lens, a sensor, and a display. But how do you focus heat? What kind of sensor detects heat, and how do you display it? This article offers a short Infrared 101 overview, and covers fundamental terms and concepts of thermal imaging.

Flexible Design Capabilities Through DIY Custom Lens Calibration

This white paper demonstrates the benefits of using the CLC utility alongside Tamarisk® camera cores in three common integration scenarios.

Non-Destructive Testing Of Mid-IR Optical Fiber Using Infrared Imaging

Some materials used in the manufacture of optical fiber lasers cannot have any defects if the laser system is to be efficient. This app note shows how infrared imaging can be used to carry out NDT of optical fiber integrity. The methodology allows the screening of tens of meters in just a few seconds.


The development of InGaAs sensors has enabled the practicality of using the shortwave infrared (SWIR) spectrum for imaging applications. This article discusses the basics of SWIR imaging, and the benefits of using InGaAs technology and its use with thermal imaging.

Using Thermal Camera Cores For Reconnaissance Robots

Reconnaissance robots are controlled remotely, which allows for access into normally inaccessible sites and reduces risks for users. The FENIX from PIAP is a light reconnaissance robot designed for detecting threats, and can observe, lift, and neutralize dangerous loads, and transport sabotage equipment.

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Getting The Best Results From NIR Measurements

Near infrared measurements (700-2500 nm) usually are made in transmission and reflection, used to probe the molecular structure and composition of materials. NIR is preferred over mid-infrared when measurements need to be made at a distance, or with little or no sample preparation. 

Fast Wavelength Meter Precisely Maps Laser's Tuning Behavior

The 828B High-Speed Optical Wavelength Meter from Bristol Instruments is designed to provide accurate wavelength information at an unprecedented rate of 1 kHz. It revolutionizes WDM wavelength testing applications by reducing test times from hours to minutes. 

Theory And Measurement Of The Modulation Transfer Function (MTF)

MTF is a quantitative and objective measure of the quality of an image formed by a lens or and electro-optical system. This measurement is appropriate for lenses of all qualities and can be calculated from lens design data, which enables theoretical and actual performances to be compared. 

Frequently Asked Questions: Infrared Detectors

This white paper covers most frequently asked questions regarding infrared detectors, and provides the answers for each of them.

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A Spark In The Dark – And How To Snatch It With PCO's High-Speed Cameras

High-speed camera users demand cameras that work accurately under the harshest environmental conditions, making reliability and operational capability crucial considerations in scientific cameras. This video shows a combustion analysis application, using a pco.dimax high-speed camera, at the Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart. PCO’s camera acquired exceptionally detailed images due to its sensor’s superior light sensitivity, despite poor lighting conditions.

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High-Speed Polarization Cameras: CRYSTA Systems

Recent developments in robotics, clear film production, and new materials testing technologies have raised the demand for using polarization in structural dynamics and high-speed object detection. Since conventional high-speed cameras lack any polarization sensitivity, Photron has developed the new CRYSTA high-speed camera system with polarization sensitivity.

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