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Advanced Optical Technologies

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Volume 2, Issue 5-6


Infrared detectors for space applications

Wolfgang Fick / Kai Uwe Gassmann / Luis-Dieter Haas / Markus Haiml / Stefan Hanna / Dominique Hübner / Holger Höhnemann / Hans-Peter Nothaft / Richard Thöt
Published Online: 2013-10-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/aot-2013-0046


The motivation and intended benefits for the use of infrared (IR) detectors for space applications are highlighted. The actual status of state-of-the-art IR detectors for space applications is presented based on some of AIM’s currently ongoing focal plane detector module developments covering the spectral range from the short-wavelength IR (SWIR) to the long-wavelength IR (LWIR) and very long-wavelength IR (VLWIR), where both imaging and spectroscopy applications will be addressed. In particular, the integrated detector cooler assemblies for a mid-wavelength IR (MWIR) push-broom imaging satellite mission, for the German hyperspectral satellite mission EnMAP and the IR detectors for the Sentinel 3 SLSTR will be elaborated. Additionally, dedicated detector modules for LWIR/VLWIR sounding, providing the possibility to have two different PVs driven by one ROIC, will be addressed.

Keywords: AIM; infrared; LWIR; MCT; MWIR; SWIR; VLWIR; OCIS codes: 040.2480; 040.3060


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Corresponding author: Wolfgang Fick, AIM INFRAROT-MODULE GmbH, Theresienstr. 2, D-74072 Heilbronn, Germany, e-mail:

Received: 2013-08-14

Accepted: 2013-09-27

Published Online: 2013-10-26

Published in Print: 2013-12-01

Citation Information: Advanced Optical Technologies, Volume 2, Issue 5-6, Pages 407–421, ISSN (Online) 2192-8584, ISSN (Print) 2192-8576, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/aot-2013-0046.

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