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MIBS breadboard ready for testing

Author: Leijtens, J.A.P. · Goeij, B.T.G. de · Boslooper, E.C.
Type:article
Date:2006
Institution: TNO Industrie en Techniek
Source:Earth Observing Systems XI, 14-16 August 2006, San Diego, CA, USA, 6296
series:
Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Identifier: 239589
ISBN: 9780819463753
Article number: No.: 62961C
Keywords: Bolometers · Calibration · Image analysis · Imaging systems · Infrared radiation · Optical resolving power · Infrared wavelength · Integrated calibration systems · Microbolometer array detectors · Spectral resolution · Infrared spectrometers

Abstract

MIBS is a spectrometer operating in the thermal infrared wavelength region, designed in frame of the phase A study for the ESA EarthCARE mission as part of the multispectral Imaging instrument MSI, which uses a 2D microbolometer array detector in stead of the more common MCT detectors. Utilization of a microbolometer and using an integrated calibration system, results in a sensor with a size and mass reduction of at least an order of magnitude when compared to currently flying instruments with similar spectral resolution. In order to demonstrate feasibility a breadboard has been designed, which will be build and aligned in 2006 and will be ready for testing the forth quarter of 2006.