Infrared (IR) Area Receiver With Antenna-Coupled Infrared Sensors

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Glenn Boreman, Ph.D.
Christos Christodoulou, Ph.D.
Iulian Codreanu
Aristide Dogariu, Ph.D.
Christophe Fumeaux
Francisco Gonzalez
Micheal Gritz
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This is an Infrared (IR) detector antenna system with an electrical sensor and an antenna picture element (pixel) unit for receiving infrared radiation thereby increasing the collection efficiency of the sensors to non-laser sources

The demand for inexpensive infrared imaging systems has grown for both civilian and military applications for use as night vision, target acquisition, aerial navigation and the like. Integrated into these systems are arrays of antennas and electrical sensors that achieve a fast response by separating the infrared radiation collection and detection functions. In addition, these imaging systems can switch to different radiation frequencies and orientation for imagery purposes.

Technical Details

In order to increase the amount of infrared radiation transmitted unto detector, there is the need for components to collect these radiations. However, this has not been exploited because of inadequate antenna collectivity and/or receptivity. UCF engineering professors designed a novel method of integrating infrared antenna picture element arrays for receiving infrared radiation thereby increasing the coupling efficiency or radiant power.

Benefits

  • This system is faster, smaller, lighter, more compact, and mechanically simpler
  • It is cost effective since it does not integrate the use of expensive moving parts (e.g., optical filters)
  • This system consumes less power during its operation

Applications

  • Aerospace-sensing
  • Earth resource mapping
  • Military surveillance
  • Pollution monitoring
  • Automotive driving aids
  • Medical imaging


Additional Technology Numbers: 30410, 30483