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    The MWIR spectral range enables true night vision for medium and long range imaging. Some of its benefits include:

    • High sensitivity for passive thermal imaging in complete darkness (blackbody emission only, without illumination)
    • High thermal contrast (low NETD), ideal for scenes with high level of clutter
    • High atmospheric transparency for long-range observation
    • High Operating Temperature (HOT) Focal Plane Arrays (FPA) enable lower Size, Weight and Power (SWaP) and long Mean Time To Failure (MTTF) solution compared to LWIR
    • Shorter wavelength enables smaller optics and higher F-numbers compared to LWIR for high resolution thermal imaging


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    SCD is one of the leading suppliers of cooled MWIR infrared detectors. With over forty years of R&D and production, our capabilities include:

    • Mature InSb technology for the full MWIR spectrum, extendable to shorter wavelengths including SWIR and NIR
    • XBn-InAsSb Barrier detector technology with low SWaP and long MTTF, operating at high temperatures (150K) in the highly transparent part of the MWIR spectrum (3.6 – 4.2µm)
    • Broadband spectral response, down to NIR
    • Multi-function ROIC with laser pulse detection functions (ALPD, TLRF)
    • Very large array formats with small pitch
    • Variety of packaging and electronic solutions
    • Low SWaP video-engine

    SCD’s MWIR infrared detectors are integrated in high end and low SWaP military and commercial applications, such as:

    • Hand-held cameras and weapons sights
    • Missile Warning Systems (MWS)
    • Infrared Search and Track (IRST)
    • Missile seekers
    • Miniature payloads
    • 24/7 surveillance
    • Gas leak detection
    • Airborne Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS)
    • Spectrometry
    • Non-destructive testing
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    SCD has gained worldwide recognition of its innovative and high quality products; its revolutionary methods enable creative approaches to meeting the challenging requirements of space imaging

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