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A 350-GHz high-resolution high-sensitivity passive video imaging system



Daniel T. Becker, James A. Beall, Hsiao-Mei Cho, William Duncan, Kent D. Irwin, Gene C. Hilton, Robert D. Horansky, Peter J. Lowell, Michael D. Niemack, Nicholas G. Paulter Jr., Carl D. Reintsema, Francis J. Schima, Robert E. Schwall, Ki W. Yoon, Peter Ade, Carole Tucker, Simon Dicker, Mark Halpern


We are developing a 350 GHz cryogenic passive video imaging system. This demonstration system uses 800 photon-noise-limited superconducting transition edge sensor bolometers. It will image a 1 m x 1 m area at a standoff distance of 16 m to a resolution of approximately 1 cm at video frame rates (20 frames per second). High spatial resolution is achieved by the use of an f/2.0 Cassegrain optical system with 1.3 m primary mirror. Preliminary testing of prototype detectors indicates that we can achieve a noise equivalent temperature difference (NETD) of 70 mK for the fully sampled 1 m × 1 m image at 20 frames per second.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the SPIE
Conference Dates
April 5-9, 2010
Conference Location
Orlando, FL
Conference Title
Passive Millimeter-Wave Imaging Technology XIII


Becker, D. , Beall, J. , Cho, H. , Duncan, W. , Irwin, K. , Hilton, G. , Horansky, R. , Lowell, P. , Niemack, M. , Paulter, N. , Reintsema, C. , Schima, F. , Schwall, R. , Yoon, K. , Ade, P. , Tucker, C. , Dicker, S. and Halpern, M. (2010), A 350-GHz high-resolution high-sensitivity passive video imaging system, Proceedings of the SPIE, Orlando, FL (Accessed May 28, 2024)


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Created April 27, 2010, Updated February 19, 2017