Hyperspectral Longwave Infrared Focal Plane Array and Camera Based on Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors
We propose to develop a hyperspectral camera imaging in a large number of sharp hyperspectral bands in the thermal infrared. The camera is particularly suitable for the multispectral thermal infrared (TIR) imager of NASA's HyspIRI Mission. In Phase 1, we successfully developed a crucial camera component: a 640x512 focal plane array (FPA) with 8 - 12 micron broadband longwave infrared spectral response. In Phase 2, we will integrate the FPA with a linear variable filter in a dewar cooler assembly and package the resulting sensor engine with electronics and optics into a camera system. The camera, featuring digital and analog video outputs, will be delivered to NASA at the end of Phase 2 for feasibility testing for the HyspIRI and other NASA missions.
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