Workshop on Infrared Detection for Space Applications June 7-9, 2023 in Toulouse, France

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CNES, ESA, ONERA, CEA-LETI, Labex Focus, Airbus Defence & Space and Thales Alenia Space are pleased to inform you that they are organising the second workshop dedicated to Infrared Detection for Space Applications, that will be held in Toulouse from 7th to 9th, June 2023 in the frame of the Optics and Optoelectronics Technical Expertise Community (COMET).

The aim of this workshop is to focus on Infrared Detectors technologies and components, Focal Plane Arrays and associated subsystems, control and readout ASICs, manufacturing, characterization and qualification results. The workshop will only address IR spectral bands between 1μm and 100 μm. Due to the commonalities with space applications and the increasing interest of space agencies to qualify and to use COTS IR detectors, companies and laboratories involved in defence applications, scientific applications and non-space cutting-edge developments are very welcome to attend this workshop.

The workshop will comprise several sessions addressing the following topics:

  • Detector needs for future space missions,
  • Infrared detectors and technologies including (but not limited to):
    • Photon detectors: MCT, InGaAs, InSb, XBn, QWIP, SL, intensified, SI:As, ...
    • Uncooled thermal detectors: microbolometers (a-Si, VOx), pyroelectric detectors ...
    • ROIC (including design and associated Si foundry aspects).
    • Optical functions on detectors
  • Focal Plane technologies and solutions for Space or Scientific applications including subassembly elements such as:
    • Assembly techniques for large FPAs,
    • Flex and cryogenic cables,
    • Passive elements and packaging,
    • Cold filters, anti-reflection coatings,
    • Proximity ASICs for IR detectors,
  • Manufacturing techniques from epitaxy to package integration,
  • Characterization techniques,
  • Space qualification and validation of detectors and ASICs,
  • Recent Infrared Detection Chain performances and Integration from a system point of view.

Three tutorials will be given during this workshop.

Please send a short abstract giving the title, the authors’ names and affiliations, and presenting the subject of your talk, to following contacts: and

The workshop official language is English (oral presentation and posters).

After abstract acceptance notification, authors will be requested to prepare their presentation in pdf or PowerPoint format, to be presented at the workshop. Authors will also be required to provide a version of their presentation to the organization committee along with an authorization to make it available for Workshop attendees and on-line for COMET members. No proceedings will be compiled and so no detailed manuscript needs to be submitted.

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