Infrared Detectors and Emitters: Materials and Devices

  • Peter Capper
  • C. T. Elliott

Part of the Electronic Materials Series book series (EMAT, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. N. T. Gordon, I. M. Baker
    Pages 23-42
  3. H. Zogg, Akihiro Ishida
    Pages 43-75
  4. R. W. Whatmore, R. Watton
    Pages 99-147
  5. W. F. H. Micklethwaite, A. J. Johnson
    Pages 177-204
  6. H. Asahi
    Pages 233-249
  7. P. Capper
    Pages 251-278
  8. M. B. Reine
    Pages 313-376
  9. A. Rogalski
    Pages 377-400
  10. J. R. Meyer, I. Vurgaftman
    Pages 401-422
  11. M. J. Kane
    Pages 423-456
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 457-478

About this book


Infrared (IR) detectors fall into two main categories, thermal and photon. The earliest detectors of IR were thermal in nature, e.g. thermometers. The subsequent developments of these detectors, such as thermopiles, resistance bolometers, Golay cells and pyroelectric detectors, can operate at ambient temperature but have disadvantages of insensitivity and slowness. A wide variety of semiconductor photon detectors have been developed and these possess very high sensitivity, high frequency response but have the disadvantage of needing cryogenic cooling, particularly at longer wavelengths. In the main, the applications have been in the military sphere, but widespread industrial and scientific applications also exist. The majority of development funding for these semiconducting IR detectors has, however, come from military sources. This book is an attempt to provide an up-to-date view of the various IR detector/emitter materials systems currently in use or being actively researched. The book is aimed at newcomers to the field and at those already working in the IR industry. It is hoped that the former will find the book readable both as an introductory text and as a useful guide to the literature. Workers in one of the various IR areas will, hopefully, find the book useful in bringing them up-to-date with other, sometimes competing, technologies. To both groups of readers we trust that the book will prove interesting, thought-provoking and a spur to further progress in this fascinating and challenging field of endeavour.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Capper
    • 1
  • C. T. Elliott
    • 2
  1. 1.BAE SYSTEMS Infra-Red Ltd.Millbrook, Southampton, HantsUK
  2. 2.DERAWorcs.UK

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