Modeling of the orientation dependence of scanned HgCdTe infrared detectors Public Deposited

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  • Mercury cadmium telluride is important in the detection of electromagnetic radiation in the eight to twelve micron atmospheric window for infrared imaging systems. High resolution infrared imaging systems use either large (256x256 element to 1024x1024 element) staring arrays or much smaller (1-6 element) scanned arrays in which the image is optically scanned across the detectors. In scanned arrays, high resolution and sensitivity may result in the scan direction not being parallel to the detector bias current. The response of an infrared detector to uniform illumination is investigated. It is found that variations in the detector thickness result in significant changes in output voltage. Scanned detectors are modeled in five different orientations; scan parallel to bias, scan opposite to bias, scan perpendicular to bias, and two orientations of the scan diagonal to the bias. The response is analyzed for two cases: 1) the size of the scanned radiation equal to the size of the detector and 2) when the pixel width is half of the width of the detector, but of equal length. Results of the simulation show that the fastest response occurs when the scan and bias are parallel. The largest response occurs when the scan direction is diagonal to the bias, but the response time is much slower than when the bias is parallel to the scan. Therefore, a tradeoff must be made between maximum signal and speed of response. Test detectors are being fabricated and will be tested at FLIR Systems Inc., Portland, Oregon, to confirm the model predictions.
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