SWIR Upconverting Camera

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MDPI paper "Up-Conversion Sensing of 2D Spatially-Modulated Infrared Information-Carrying Beams with Si-Based Cameras" by Adrián J. Torregrosa, Emir Karamehmedović, Haroldo Maestre, María Luisa Rico, and Juan Capmany from Universidad Miguel Hernández, Spain, Universidad de Alicante, Spain, and International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina proposes 1550nm imaging with Si-based sensor:

"Up-conversion sensing based on optical heterodyning of an IR (infrared) image with a local oscillator laser wave in a nonlinear optical sum-frequency mixing (SFM) process is a practical solution to circumvent some limitations of IR image sensors in terms of signal-to-noise ratio, speed, resolution, or cooling needs in some demanding applications. In this way, the spectral content of an IR image can become spectrally shifted to the visible/near infrared (VIS/NWIR) and then detected with silicon focal plane arrayed sensors (Si-FPA), such as CCD/CMOS (charge-coupled and complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor devices). This work is an extension of a previous study where we recently introduced this technique in the context of optical communications, in particular in FSOC (free-space optical communications). Herein, we present an image up-conversion system based on a 1064 nm Nd3+ : YVO4 solid-state laser with a KTP (potassium titanyl phosphate) nonlinear crystal located intra-cavity where a laser beam at 1550 nm 2D spatially-modulated with a binary Quick Response (QR) code is mixed, giving an up-converted code image at 631 nm that is detected with an Si-based camera. The underlying technology allows for the extension of other IR spectral allocations, construction of compact receivers at low cost, and provides a natural way for increased protection against eavesdropping."


"The system can be miniaturized down to a quasi-monolithic robust architecture around 4 cm3 and built at a low cost with standard commercial components, resulting lightweight, and favoring field-deployable IR eye-safe links, although it is easily extensible to the MWIR and LWIR spectral regions."

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