|About this Abstract
||Materials Science & Technology 2012
||Advances in Dielectric Materials and Electronic Devices
||Miniaturized Passive Detectors for Thermal Imaging Systems
||Peter Kaufman, Vijay Kasi Somayajula, Nuggehalli M Ravindra
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A novel MEMS based approach is proposed to detect Thermal IR in the range of 3 to 14 Ám using the CTE (coefficient of thermal expansion) of materials that is coupled with a PZT resonator. This is a completely new paradigm in IR detection for imaging. The detector front end is completely mechanical and is un-powered using no analog, quantum or electronic circuitry. The PZT resonator yields a Direct-to-Digital (D2D) output representation of the incident IR exposure. The proposed design eliminates the complex semiconductor, analog and quantum electronics that are the sources of noise and complexities of imaging systems.