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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 19 — Jul. 1, 2010
  • pp: E7–E12

Passive millimeter wave imaging sensors for commercial markets

Jonathan J. Lynch, Perry A. Macdonald, Harris P. Moyer, and Robert G. Nagele  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 19, pp. E7-E12 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.49.0000E7


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Abstract

We describe the development of passive millimeter wave imaging sensors, operating at W band, that are currently being manufactured for commercial markets using standard automated assembly processes. A description of HRL Laboratories’ millimeter wave imaging chipset is presented, focusing on parameters that limit sensor performance, such as detector 1 / f noise, low noise amplifier noise figure, and gain drift. We conclude with a discussion of ongoing research and development in passive millimeter wave imaging and performance improvements that can be expected for future imaging sensors.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(350.4010) Other areas of optics : Microwaves
(280.4991) Remote sensing and sensors : Passive remote sensing

History
Original Manuscript: November 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: March 10, 2010
Published: April 7, 2010

Citation
Jonathan J. Lynch, Perry A. Macdonald, Harris P. Moyer, and Robert G. Nagele, "Passive millimeter wave imaging sensors for commercial markets," Appl. Opt. 49, E7-E12 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-49-19-E7

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