High-resolution passive video-rate imaging at 350 GHz. Halpern, Mark
We are developing a 350 GHz cryogenic passive video imaging system for use in standoff security applications. This demonstration system uses 800 photon-noise-limited superconducting transition edge sensor bolometers, read out using a time-division multiplexed readout system. It will image a 1 m x 1 m field of view 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 dark and optical testing of prototype detectors indicates that we can achieve a noise equivalent temperature difference (NETD) below 100 mK for the fully sampled 1 m x 1 m image at 20 frames per second. We report on the current status of development of this system. Copyright 2011 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. One print or electronic copy may be made for personal use only. Systematic reproduction and distribution, duplication of any material in this paper for a fee or for commercial purposes, or modification of the content of the paper are prohibited.
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