Date of Award
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - (M.S.)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Roy H. Cornely
Constantine N. Manikopoulos
The performance parameters (responsivity (Rv). detectivity (D*), total noise and response time) of resistive, pyroelectric and ferroelectric bolometer detectors are dependent on a large number of key variables including chopping frequercy, the input impedance and voltage noise of the readout circuitry, the structure dependent parameters (particularly thermal conductance and thermal capacitance), and material properties such as dielectric constant, pyroelectric coefficient, loss tangent and thin film thickness. The interrelationship between the key variables and their influence on performance is often complex and not easily discerned for the three major types of thermal detectors: resistive, pyroelectric and ferroelectric bolometers.
In this thesis research, the dependence of Rv, D* and total noise on these key parameters were analyzed and written as equations from which computer calculations could easily be made. The analyzed results were used to compare the pertbrmance of the three types of sensors for present-day structure and material characteristics and also for material characteristics and structures that night be developed in the future.
Li, Mo-Huang, "Analysis and comparison of resistive, ferroelectric and pyroelectric uncooled bolometers for electronic imaging systems" (1997). Theses. 988.