Technical Articles

  1. Advanced-Absorber Microbolometer Superstructure: Patented Sensor Technology Revealed
    3/19/2018

    The most significant development in the production of infrared sensors and their ability to affect improvements to SWaP-C requirements comes from the introduction of uncooled focal plane array (FPA) designs. 

  2. The Advantages Of MCT As An IR Imaging Material
    3/19/2018

    Cooled infrared imaging is in many ways a mature technology, with its architectures well-defined and its past and present applications well-understood.

  3. Optical Monitoring System Improves Thin-Film Coating Accuracy
    3/14/2018

    In the past, a thin-film design software was used to help develop the coating, but the real challenge was in actually replicating the design thickness and the material indexes inside the coating chamber, without any errors. 

  4. The Race To The Starting Line: Edge-Emitting Diode Lasers vs. VCSELs For The Automotive Lidar Market
    3/13/2018

    The competition to be the leading diode laser source for automotive lidar is not a race to the top, but rather a race to the starting line. Before reaching the goal to implement lidar ADAS in consumer vehicles by 2020, there must be at least one year of certification and testing before going to market. 

  5. Rethinking Car Interior Design For The Living Room On Wheels
    3/8/2018

    If the “living room on wheels” is going to be shared, the components – from the screens we watch to the touch panels we use to choose the program – will need to be easy to clean, durable, and stylish. Glass can make these dreams a reality.

  6. Imaging Through Atmospheric Obscurants
    3/8/2018

    The Salt Lake City Valley in Utah sometimes experiences trapped air pollution in the atmosphere for an extended period of time, which severely reduces ground visibility. This article demonstrates the difference between using visible light and SWIR cameras to provide greater detail in imaging, even in the most challenging conditions.

  7. Introduction To Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs)
    3/5/2018

    Silicon Photomultipliers (SiPMs) are radiation detectors designed with extremely high sensitivity, high efficiency, and very low time jitter. The technology is based on reversed biased p/n diodes, making them capable of direct light detection ranging from near ultra violet to near infrared. 

  8. Miniaturize Your Optical System Into A Photonic Integrated Circuit
    3/5/2018

    Embedding photonic functionalities into an integrated optical chip can often simplify and reduce the size of a system. This white paper introduces the basic concepts of photonic integration with a goal to help the reader understand how it can improve optical systems.

  9. Thermal Imaging In Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS)
    2/22/2018

    Many types of sensors are used in Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) environments, and thermal imaging is used to benefit identifying objects, even in challenging lighting conditions. This application note covers the use and benefits of thermal imaging technologies within ADAS.

  10. The Smart Buyer’s Guide To Choosing The Right PTU
    2/22/2018

    Many times, system integrators and camera system designers are asked to add pan/tilt capabilities to an existing sensor. There many factors to consider with this challenge, especially since this addition can have a large impact on the system cost, reliability, and performance.